” Facts very serious “, surveillance “Unacceptable”, “a fiasco”… Since the last revelations of the “Project Pegasus”, composed of seventeen media, including The world, on the targeting of the French government by Moroccan intelligence in 2019, the reactions of political leaders have been disparate, although crossed by a common condemnation of the actions unveiled by the organization Forbidden Stories.
The executive did not go beyond the concise statement from the Elysee Palace, which was immediately expressed after the information was published in The world : “If the facts are true, they are obviously very serious. All light will be shed on these revelations. “ Questioned on the subject in a question-and-answer session to the government on Tuesday, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, refused to answer, citing “Investigations into the facts and their materiality” which have not yet been completed.
“We must mark the occasion”
Only Franck Riester, Minister of Culture at the time of the events and now in charge of foreign trade, and François de Rugy, former Minister of Ecological Transition, both targeted by Morocco, broke ranks by speaking publicly on the issue. ‘case. “I discovered with amazement the information according to which my phone had been the target of an attempted data capture, tweeted Mr. de Rugy, who also announced to bring the file to the public prosecutor. We absolutely have to redo the rules. “ Franck Riester called for stronger regulation of cyberspace in light of the revelations, warning: “It is a challenge for our democratic societies. “
I discovered with amazement the information published by @lemondefr and @franceinfo, according to which my phone… https://t.co/HhPFV33MgX
In the majority, Gilles Le Gendre, former leader of the parliamentary group La République en Marche (LRM) and appearing on the list of telephone numbers potentially monitored, denounced “The extreme gravity of this large-scale espionage” and mentioned “Uncertain origins, motivations and achievements”, thus sticking to the caution observed by the presidential camp. “We must mark the occasion”, said the deputy of Essonne Cédric Villani (ex-LRM), also targeted. The latter announced to file a complaint and calls for a reaction: “These aren’t things you can just leave like this, like nothing has happened. “
On the left, the contrast is strong between the socialists and the ecologists on the one hand, silent since the start of the scandal, and on the other La France insoumise, whose representatives speak vehemently on the subject since the revelation of the presence of his number two, the deputy of the North Adrien Quatennens, on the list of Moroccan intelligence targets. Mr. Quatennens wanted to “Salute the press work”, but also to express his concern about having been informed by journalists and not by state services. Yesterday and today, his party attacked the government for its lack of reaction to “State-to-state aggression” : “What response foresees Macron, also spied on?” “, asked Mr. Mélenchon on Twitter. The movement and the parliamentary group will jointly file a complaint, announced this morning the “rebellious” deputy Eric Coquerel (Seine-Saint-Denis).
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