1 The incredible Boursicot affair
It’s one of the very few spy cases made public in the last 50 years. Arrested in France in 1983, Bernard Boursicot, an accountant from Vannes, transmitted diplomatic archives from the French Embassy in Beijing to the Chinese regime for nearly ten years, for the sake of a Chinese spy who turned out to be to be… a man.
2 Chinese Son seeks piston
The request of a Chinese student to support his candidacy in Brittany reached an official of the University of Western Brittany, a great lover of Chinese culture, several years ago. After verification, the student turned out to be the son… of a senior official in a Chinese intelligence service. Application rejected.
3 Ile Longue filmed from every angle
A university official from Brest, a great lover of Chinese culture, accompanied a Chinese group as part of an international meeting of city-ports, an event that he places in the early 2010s. During a reception on a boat, in the harbor from Brest, he sees a man he does not know, concealed by the group. “He was hiding to film the harbor and its “equipment”. (Editor’s note: Ile Longue, base for nuclear ballistic missile submarines). When I asked my counterpart who this person was, he replied: “Oh him? Don’t pay attention to it, he’s an interpreter”. »
4 An Ifremer researcher trapped
When in China, the director of the university laboratory which welcomed him for six months, six years ago, asked him if he wished to participate in the jury examining a thesis, Louis Geli, marine geophysicist of international reputation at Ifremer in Brest , accepts without suspicion. The thesis is partially translated to him in English. Orally, Louis Geli understands too late. The thesis deals with the geological nature of the Okinawa pit… claimed by China and Japan. And it is “tainted with scientific errors and untruths”, in favor of China of course. Louis Geli protests, provoking the fury of the Chinese director. “Nevertheless, I was able to register my reservations. But I do not know if my name remained associated, and served as a guarantee for this thesis. »
“When I placed the coordinates, I realized that all the devices were located in the American zone… without authorization! »
5 The disturbing coordinates of Chinese seismographs
It is this anecdote that Louis Geli still relates. During a discussion, the same director of the Chinese laboratory mentioned to him work on one of the deepest pits in the world (the Marianas), in the Pacific. He confesses to her that he has placed ten underwater seismographs in front of this pit. Very interested, Louis Geli asks for the coordinates to carry out modeling. His interlocutor reluctantly, but ends up giving in. “When I placed the coordinates, I realized that all the devices were located in the American zone… without authorization! » Accuracy: seismographs can also detect the passage of a submarine from a long distance (for example the nuclear submarines of the neighboring American island of Guam).
6 Rififi in a Breton engineering school
The facts date back to the fall of 2021. In a renowned engineering school with several campuses in Brittany, Chinese doctoral students clearly had little taste for the reference on internal documents in Taiwan and Hong Kong. To protest, they flooded the mailboxes of teachers, administrators and students. “A storm in a teacup,” agrees a well-informed source. But it illustrates the capacity of Chinese nationals, even if they are not agents, to defend the national discourse at all costs. This is the great strength of the regime.
7 Breton patents registered in China
Patents resulting from research work (with military applications) of a Breton university laboratory financed by the State and French companies linked to Defense, have been filed… in China, preventing any future exploitation by a French entity in this country. The person who filed the patents is one of the members, of Chinese origin, of the French lab. The facts, which occurred at the end of the 2000s, have never been publicized. The lab member in question is still on duty. The Ministry of Higher Education has, moreover, refused the arrival of a Chinese doctoral student in this same laboratory.
8 No Genghis Khan exhibition in Nantes
The Nantes History Museum was forced, in 2021, to postpone a long exhibition project devoted to the history of Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, in partnership with a Chinese museum. The cause ? The Chinese authorities first ordered the museum to renounce the terms “Genghis Kan”, “empire” and “Mongol”, before asking for a control of all the texts, maps, and communication elements of the exhibition. . The Beijing heritage office then rewrote a synopsis, “aiming to completely eliminate Mongolian history and culture for the benefit of a new national narrative”, estimates the Nantes museum, which nevertheless hopes to present the exhibition with the scenario. , in 2023. But without the elements from the Chinese collections.
9 Brittany has five departments, and with Mont-Saint-Michel
Chinese intelligence, much less centralized than in our Western countries, supervises its missions from province to province. For Brittany, it is Shandong (eastern China; 100 million inhabitants), can we read in “The Tribulations of the Bretons in China”, by Roger Faligot (Les Portes du Large Editions)… with whom she has been twinned (like the cities of Rennes, Saint-Brieuc, Lorient, Quimper and Brest with their counterpart cities in Shandong) since 1985. State Security uses these twinning committees to mesh its networks in the region, which includes for them the Loire-Atlantique and Mont Saint-Michel! A year later, reveals the same book, a young Chinese researcher, passed by Douarnenez and Ifremer in Nantes, was excluded from the Faculty of Sciences of Brest. The DST (DGSI today) had acquired proof that he was communicating confidential information to his country.
“Local networks are very important for China. When a decision does not pass at the national level, they are the ones who come into action. What China is doing in France is not networking, but weaving”, confides to the Telegram the senator (LREM) André Gattolin, rapporteur, last October, of the fact-finding mission “Extra-European state influences in the French university and academic world and their implications”. The parliamentarian mentions the figure of “6,000 to 8,000 Franco-Chinese associations” in France.
Chinese ship and French nuclear missile debris
In March 2022, a Rafale carried out a test firing of an ASMP-A nuclear-capable cruise missile at the tip of Brittany. A fragment of this missile – a cylinder 2 m long and about 40 cm in diameter – had not been found and was likely to drift between Penmarc’h and Belle-Île-en-Mer. It was in this area that a 300m long bulk carrier armed by a Chinese group was spotted by the French Navy in the following weeks. A team of customs officers was airlifted to check on board. This revealed “no suspicious element”. The merchant ship remained for several days under the surveillance of the French Navy.
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