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The French Senate recognizes Myanmar’s government of national unity


The ITUC welcomed the innovative decision of the French Senate to recognize the Government of National Unity (NUG) as the official government of Myanmar.

The Senate, the upper house of the French Parliament, adopted The resolution unanimously.

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “Bravo to the French Senate for setting this precedent. We call on all governments to follow this example and immediately recognize NUG as the official and legitimate government of Myanmar.

“The writing is on the wall for the military junta. They have already been shunned by the United Nations General Assembly, the ILO’s International Labor Conference, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. They all refused to accept the powers of the junta.

“It is time for the regime to restore power to the legitimate elected leaders and restore democracy to Myanmar.

To support workers and families in Myanmar who have lost their livelihoods due to strikes or other protest actions, the ITUC has established a solidarity fund. Please show your solidarity and donate through the ITUC Myanmar strike fund here and promote it on your social networks.

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The French Ministry of the Armed Forces entrusts the maintenance of its Fennec helicopters to Sabena technics

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Through this eleven-year contract, Sabena technics will provide all support for the maintenance in operational condition (MCO) of the fleet of Fennec helicopters operated by the French Air Force and the Flight Test division of the DGA.

The French MRO will perform maintenance operations from its own site based at Marseille-Provence airport but will also perform directly from Orange-Caritat air base 115.

On a fleet of 40 helicopters belonging to the French Air Force and three to the DGA’s flight testing division, Sabena technics will carry out:

  • Complete supply chain management;
  • Technical assistance and support services;
  • Periodic and major maintenance checks;
  • Continuing airworthiness management tasks.

Sabena technics teams from Orange-Caritat air base 115 will fully support five of the Air Force helicopters. Fully outsourced support until final implementation, directly for the benefit of the Helicopter Training Center.

We are proud of the confidence the department places in us. They can count on the technical expertise of our teams as well as on their flexibility to guarantee maximum fleet availability.

Obtaining this new market confirms our desire to sustainably strengthen our position on the market. market military helicopters. It constitutes a major step forward in the development strategy launched in 2020, marked by the successful integration of the company Sabena technics MRS into our group ”,

declares Gilles Foultier, Deputy CEO of Sabena technics.

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Minister Marc Fesneau welcomes initiatives around the French-language service area


Due to the particularity of its management by an association, the space for public services of the daily Pouilly-en-Auxois received Tuesday August 31 the visit of Marc Fesneau, welcomed by Senator François Patriat.

Returning from a trip to the Grand Est this Tuesday, August 31, Marc Fesneau (Modem), Minister Plenipotentiary to the Prime Minister, in charge of Relations with Parliament and Citizen Participation, made a stopover in Pouilly-en-Auxois and visited the French Quarter Service under the direction of François Patriat, Senator LREM of Côte d’Or.

The minister was welcomed by Eric Bisevaux, mayor of Boilly-en Oxwa, and Fabien Sodry, governor of Côte d’Or. The delegation also included parliamentarians Yulin de Courson (associated with Modem), Rémy Dellati (LR), Fadela El Khattabi (LREM), Didier Martin (LREM) and Didier Paris (LREM) as well as Patrick Molinos (PRG), vice-president Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bourgogne-Franch-Conte Regional Council, Port-Laurent (LCOP), Vice-President of the Provincial Council of Côte d’Or, Pierre Boillot (PS), Departmental Councilor of Côte d’Or, François Desely (Modem), vice-president of Dijon Métropole, Yves Corto, president of the municipalities of Boilly-en-Auxis-Bliny-sur-Houch, and Muriel Porteous, deputy governor of the Bonn region.

11,000 people passed through the vaccination center

Between the Town Hall and the Espace Jean-Claude Patriarche, the Minister made a new tour, this time a few meters away, to discuss with Dr Katja Mazalowicz at the local vaccination center set up by the Prefecture and the ARS in Pouilly-en-Auxois. .

Since the start of the vaccination campaign, around 11,000 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19, in a basin of 9,000 inhabitants.

Soon fifteen places for French services on the Côte d’Or

According to the government’s motto, the network of structures called France Services is “public services near you”. The one-stop shop takes care of day-to-day administrative procedures (health, family, retirement, taxes, housing, employment, etc.).

For the designation, the structure must give access to a precise list of public services: the general direction of public finances, the ministry of the interior, the ministry of justice, the Post office, the employment center, the National fund of the family allowances, health insurance, pension insurance and agricultural social exchange. In addition, partner communities can publish additional services.

To date, the Côte-d’Or has twelve French service locations. Soon, the signs will be placed in Ruffey-lès-Echirey, Nolay and Saint-Jean-de-Losne. The social centers will then be able to manage seven of these spaces.

union leadership

Thus, the Agora association, which manages the interfaith social center, obtained the France Services label for the two spaces Pouilly-en-Auxois and Bligny-sur-Ouche.

She was received by Minister Rosa Araujo, Vice-President of Agora, Julie Malherbe, Director of Sarah Louise, Coordinator of Spaces, and Odile Guisei, President of the Consortium of Social Centers of Côte d’Or.

According to Julie Malherbe, France Services in Pouilly-sur-Ouche processes around 60 cases each month. The director notes several requests for support for digital uses. Most of the requests are related to employment and retirement, not to mention registration documents or driving licenses.

The Community Center occupies an intermunicipal building undergoing expansion and energy renovation. The budget amounts to 600,000 euros. The ministry finances 40%, the region 30%, the State finances (via DETR) 20% and the EPCI finances (own funds) 10%. The site will be completed in the third quarter of 2022.

“It is interesting to show the diversity of initiatives”

According to Mark Visnu, the aim of this visit was “to demonstrate the will of the State – thanks to local communities and union actors – to strengthen the presence in the regions”.

“The yellow vests crisis was also a crisis of feeling of abandonment by a number of regions and a number of citizens who felt that they were no longer able to access services,” said the minister. .

Faced with the Unionist administration of both the Social Center and the French Service District, Marc Visnot praised “the initiative of local elected officials” and more generally “the ability of a certain number of companies to design systems that meet the needs. Population “.

However, the Minister of Citizen Participation does not envisage a generalization of such a method: “I find that interesting, but if we want to respect regional differentiation, everyone must organize themselves as they wish. It’s here. I have the spirit of a local elected official. I was mayor and mayor. EPCI. At home, it was a mobile home in a mobile home. It works if it matches the way people are organized. (…) It is interesting to show the diversity of the initiatives. The role of the State is to let initiatives breathe.

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Innovative French service offering recycling and storage for airlines


It’s not just the pandemic that has put the brakes on air travel – a growing concern about the environmental impact of flight is putting additional pressure on airlines.

As planes become more efficient and airlines insist they are doing all they can to reduce emissions pollution, attention turns to another environmental concern: what happens when are machines reaching the end of their useful life?

Until the early 2000s, few saw this as a problem. Old planes that could no longer be kept running were thrown away like used cars – either crushed and buried, or left to rust in giant ghostly junkyards.

In 2007, a French company was created to offer a solution to the problem and at the same time take advantage of a business opportunity.

A redundant aircraft may not be able to fly anymore, but it is still full of components that can be used as spare parts for aircraft still in flight.

All it takes is the facilities, tools and know-how to turn grounded scrap into a profitable parts inventory. Tarmac Aerosave, based opposite Tarbes Lourdes airport in the Hautes-Pyrénées, is a consortium owned by the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, Safran, a high-tech manufacturer for aerospace and aircraft engines, and Suez, specialized in waste management.

It is the world leader in aircraft and engine recycling.

Aircraft components at Tarmac Aerosave

When a plane reaches the end of its life, it takes off for Tarbes where specialized teams get to work.

They start with the soft elements – seats, carpets and other fittings and accessories – and gradually reduce the fuselage to a hull. The engines, for their part, benefit from special treatment in a hangar reserved for precision dismantling.

The last step is to cut the plane into pieces using a special diamond saw to recover the steel and aluminum.

Every part – from the seats to the black box – is sorted and stored ready for resale. What cannot be reused is sent for recycling. Windows, for example, are transformed into fleece jackets.

The entire process, from the aircraft’s final landing to the recycling bin, can take as little as two weeks, depending on the size of the aircraft. Almost 300 aircraft have been treated in this way over the past 14 years.

Tarmac Aerosave CEO Patrick Lecer said: “We reuse around 60% of the components, all carefully checked by engineers.

“In total, we can recycle 90% of an aircraft. One day we hope it will be 100%. Currently, only carbon, foam and certain types of plastic cannot be recycled.

This is just one of the activities of Tarmac Aerosave: it provides another service to airlines, which made perfect sense during the pandemic.

Last year, air transport practically came to a halt. The sudden drop in flights has forced around 5,000 passenger planes to be taken out of service and stored indefinitely.

Tarmac Aerosave operates the largest aircraft parking facilities in Europe: 15 km of apron, or tarmac, on four sites.

In addition to Tarbes Lourdes, there is a large long-term storage area in Teruel, Spain, where the same dry mountain air that is used for drying hams helps reduce paint and metal deterioration.

The other two sites are in Toulouse and Vatry, in north-eastern France.

In total, the company can store 280 planes, from the smallest short-range models to wide-bodied jets and double-decker Airbus 380s.

“Parking” is not the correct term, as a stationary aircraft needs constant monitoring and maintenance to maintain its safety certification. A large part of the time of Tarmac Aerosave employees is devoted to verifying the correct operation of each system on an aircraft.

On a more mundane level, every aircraft should be protected from damage from the elements and nesting birds.

Even without a pandemic, planes must be in storage for a variety of reasons, including transitioning from carrier to carrier or in reserve until seasonal demand gets them back into the air.

Recent events may have shaken the industry, but will air travel return to what it was before the pandemic, I asked Patrick Lecer?

“Yes,” he told me. “It may be a bit reduced but the demand is still there.

“I have spent my entire career in the industry and it has doubled in size every 15 years or so.

“Maybe from now on, its size will only double every 20 years.”

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French Senate amends government bill on COVID-19 restrictions amid protests


Paris [France]: The French Senate has passed a milder version of a bill on wider use of health passes amid nationwide rallies against COVID-19 restrictions.

More than 160,000 people took to the streets of France on Saturday to protest against the bill. The bill initially suggested that from August health passes, which show proof of a full vaccination or recent negative test, be required in cafes, restaurants, medical organizations, on planes and long-distance trains.

The draft regulations provide for compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 for medical personnel, firefighters and people caring for the elderly.

Senators limited mandatory health passes to adults, while the previous draft made them mandatory for people over 12 and excluded terraces and supermarkets from the list of places where health passes are required. The Senate also proposed to postpone the effective date of the new rules from August 30 to September 15 to give citizens more time to prepare.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, two days ago, and the Senate approved the bill on Saturday evening. However, it will also be considered by a joint parliamentary committee on Sunday afternoon.

The initiative allows people aged 16 or 17 to get vaccinated without their parents’ permission and forces people with COVID-19 to self-isolate.

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The French Senate votes the law on the “Health Pass” but it is not yet done


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Following a new day of mobilization of its opponents, the law on the anti-Covid health pass could be definitively adopted on Sunday evening, if deputies and senators reach an agreement, but the way is narrow and an extension of the debates does not exist. is not to be ruled out.

In the meantime, the government continues to press for vaccination, in the hope of crossing the 40 million mark for first-time vaccinations “no later than Monday July 26”, one month before the initial target.

From Polynesia, where he is on the move, Emmanuel Macron said he was sending “a very strong message to call on everyone to be vaccinated” to protect themselves and others.

The Head of State also called for the parliamentary debate on the health pass “to take place in a calm and efficient manner”.

►Anti-vaccines, yellow vests and critics of Macron demonstrate across France

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►The French Senate approves the use of controversial Covid “health passes”

Senate vote

The Senate, dominated by the right-wing opposition Republicans, voted on Saturday evening, by 199 votes to 123, the bill which provides for compulsory vaccinations for caregivers and the controversial extension of the health pass. However, there have been important modifications compared to the text approved by the National Assembly, and which are not to the liking of the government.

It remains to be seen whether deputies and senators will find a compromise within the mixed committee, which sits from 3 p.m. this afternoon. This is the scenario favored by the government because it would allow the bill to be definitively adopted in the evening, for the application of the extended pass in early August.

A disagreement would derail this very tight schedule, forcing a new parliamentary shuttle. The leader of the Republican senators Bruno Retailleau on Saturday brandished the threat of a disagreement, “if the deputies want to cancel the work of the Senate”.

But time is running out in the face of an unprecedented upsurge in infections linked to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19. Once adopted, the text will still have to pass the filter of the Constitutional Council before being promulgated.

This is an additional step, which Prime Minister Jean Castex himself has chosen to take in order to avoid accusations of infringing civil liberties.

More than 160,000 demonstrators

After a first national mobilization on July 17, dozens of demonstrations resumed on Saturday.

“More than 160,000 people, according to the Interior Ministry, marched across the country, from 500 on the island of Saint-Martin in the West Indies to 11,000 in Paris.

One of the Parisian processions, composed mainly of yellow vests, was marred by sporadic incidents. At the call of the President of the Patriots Florian Philippot, several thousand people also gathered at the Trocadéro.

Health Minister Olivier Véran told French daily Le Parisien: “We would have been fine if the context had been different,” said. And “we’ll end it as soon as we can.”

The stake for the executive is to try to keep pace with a fourth epidemic wave, which scientists and the minister fear will be “strong with a hospital impact which could be very severe from mid-August to the end of August “.

Vaccination obligation

In addition to the vaccination obligation for caregivers, firefighters or professionals working with the elderly, the bill provides for an extension of the health pass (complete vaccination course, recent negative test or certificate of recovery) at the beginning of August in cafes -restaurants, fairs and exhibitions, planes, long-distance trains and buses, and medical establishments.

The Calvados prefecture announced a “voluntary experiment” from Sunday in bars and restaurants in Deauville and Trouville, in response to a sharp increase in cases.

The health pass is already in force in places of leisure and culture (cinemas, museums …) bringing together more than 50 people, with the exception of 12-17 year olds, exempted during the holidays. The government’s goal is clearly to encourage vaccination.

The senatorial majority revised the system to make it “clearer” and “more respectful of human rights and freedoms”. In particular, it conditioned the extension of the pass on the reestablishment of a state of health emergency, until October 31, and provided for the exemption of shopping centers.

Some amendments adopted in the Senate divide the law, such as the exemption of terraces or minors from the laissez-passer, measures which could be revised in subsequent discussions.

The bill also provides for compulsory isolation of patients, a provision relaxed by senators.

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Electrolux to acquire French service provider La Compagnie du SAV (CSAV)


STOCKHOLM, July 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – With the acquisition of Electrolux, a world leader in household appliances, strengthens its service network by France and underlines its commitment to promote the circularity and repairability of devices.

Electrolux today announced its agreement to acquire La Compagnie du SAV (CSAV), France’s leading independent service provider (ISP) specializing in the repair of household appliances. The acquisition is fully in line with the Electrolux Group’s strategy to deliver exceptional experiences to consumers, ensuring they get the most out of their devices throughout the product lifecycle.

“With this acquisition, we are further strengthening our service network by France allowing us to best meet the growing market demand in the field of after-sales service. I am confident that this in turn will elevate consumer satisfaction and brand loyalty to a new level, ”said Chris Braam, Senior Vice President Sales & Services Electrolux at Europe.

The acquisition also underlines Electrolux’s strong commitment to promoting the circularity and repairability of devices. The transition to a circular economy is a key project of the French government and a fundamental element of the European Green Deal. The European Green Deal is a set of political initiatives of the European Commission whose main objective is to make Europe climate neutral by 2050.

“Our ambition as a global leader in sustainability is to maximize the lifespan of our devices while providing consumers with dedicated, high-quality and responsive services whenever they need them. This acquisition is an important step in our service strategy and our commitment to drive the circularity of our products “, explained Pierre Perron, CEO of Electrolux France. “La Compagnie du SAV is a well-established company in the market, and we are very happy to welcome our new colleagues to the Electrolux family,” he added.

CSAV will be part of the Electrolux Group from July 8e, 2021 but will continue to operate fully as an independent entity, offering multi-brand services. In a fragmented market, CSAV is a leading French service provider covering the entire territory and offering consumers comprehensive, integrated and innovative assistance and repair services. With nearly two million devices repaired and maintained since 2012, CSAV relies on extensive experience in the field of household appliances. The company is headquartered in Lisses, south of Paris, and employs around 200 people. Net sales in 2020 amounted to approximately 25 million euros.

Laurent Falconieri, Managing Director of CSAV, added: “We are looking forward to being part of the Electrolux Group. The acquisition offers CSAV great opportunities to continue to grow in the field of after-sales service. It is also a strong recognition of our teams and our expertise in providing high quality services. We are convinced that we will make a lasting contribution to Electrolux’s ambition in the area of ​​device circularity and repairability and I am proud for all the employees who are part of our company.


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Stream mining may be perfectly legal, according to the French Ministry of Culture * TorrentFreak


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Downloading music through stream extraction tools may be perfectly legal, the French culture ministry has confirmed. The resulting copies fall under the private copying exemption. However, this only applies if the stream-ripping service does not circumvent technological protection measures, which is a widely contested issue.

Free music is easy to find these days. Just head over to YouTube and you can find millions of tracks including most of the newer versions.

While the music industry benefits from the ads on many of these videos, they don’t like the fact that some people use external tools to download music tracks.

Various record companies are battling this threat with DMCA notices, lawsuits, and website blocking requests. YouTube itself is also stepping in and actively blocking stream rippers, which is an ongoing battle.

Legal or not?

Copyright holders believe stream extraction sites are breaking the law, but in most countries legal uncertainties remain. In the United States, for example, popular stream-ripper Yout.com sued the RIAA in an attempt to have its site declared legal. This case, which is still ongoing, could set an important precedent.

In France, the Ministry of Culture was recently questioned on the issue of stream-ripping. Philippe Latombe, member of the MoDem party, asked the government whether copies downloaded via these services are considered illegal.

The question was part of a larger survey in the rules and regulations on private copying. These allow people to copy music and movies in exchange for a tax paid on storage media and devices, including blank CDs, hard drives, and smartphones.

Stream extraction is legal if …

Responding to the question, the Ministry of Culture confirmed that, under the right conditions, it is perfectly legal to use streaming services to download music and other media.

“[Stream-ripping] is legal and the resulting copy falls under the exception for private copying provided for by law, if several conditions are met: it must come from a lawful source at the request of the user, without being kept by the converter, and no circumvention of technological protection measures should be implemented.

If all three of these boxes are checked, stream ripping is in the same league as ripping or copying an old-fashioned CD or DVD.


The big question, however, is in what situation would all of these conditions apply? When it comes to YouTube ripping, the “source” could be considered legal, as artists and labels often upload the videos themselves.

The second box is also checked by many stream-rippers because they don’t store music all the time. The operator of stream-rippers FLVto and 2Conv recently said that their site does not even store basic logs because it will incur significant costs.

This brings us to the third and final condition; if the stream-ripper circumvents the technical protection measures. This is a crucial question and the answer depends largely on who you ask the question.

Rolling number …

Major music labels, represented by the RIAA, claim that these download tools bypass YouTube’s “progressive encryption” technology. This has been argued in at least one lawsuit in Germany. But not everyone agrees.

Backed by the German court ruling, the RIAA asked GitHub to remove the youtube-mp3 stream extractor tool. This request was initially granted but was later canceled, with GitHub stating that the project did not circumvent technical safeguards.

The “issue” of circumvention is also at the heart of the legal battle between Yout.com and the RIAA in US federal court. This is a high profile case and the result is expected to have far-reaching implications for other stream extraction tools.

For now, this means that the clarification of the French Ministry of Culture is not very helpful. Most people just don’t know if a stream ripper is storing content. And they cannot decide whether technological protection measures are bypassed if it is still an open question for legal experts.

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Police carry out rare search of the French justice ministry as part of an investigation against the minister


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French police spent 15 hours raiding the Justice Department as part of an investigation into a conflict of interest against Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti.

20 gendarmes as well as magistrates from the Tribunal de la République (CJR) – the only French authority empowered to judge ministers for alleged abuses committed during the exercise of their functions – carried out the search on Thursday in the presence of the Minister of Justice .

The search, a very rare event in France, ended at midnight.

Dupond-Moretti’s lawyer Christophe Ingrain told reporters on Thursday evening that the operation was taking time as investigators insisted on opening old safes in the office of the Minister of Justice. No one had the keys.

“Drills and grinders must have been used … to find out that they did not contain anything,” said the minister’s adviser, who also complained of “the disproportionate use of force”.

Eric Dupond-Moretti was appointed Minister of Justice last summer with the mission of reforming justice.

The famous former lawyer was already known and his appointment was considered inappropriate by some magistrates and prosecutors.

His drive to introduce videotaped court proceedings and rewrite the Judicial Training Book has further angered many in the legal profession.

Conflict of interest

In January, the CJR opened an investigation against the Minister of Justice for conflicts of interest arising from his former position as a defense lawyer.

The investigation was opened following complaints filed by three magistrates’ unions and the anti-corruption group Anticor.

The French weekly Canard Enchainé reported this week that Dupond-Moretti himself will soon be summoned by the magistrates of the CJR for questioning.

Unusually, Prime Minister Jean Castex was himself questioned by the CJR as a witness in the case on June 7.

The charges relate to an administrative investigation ordered by Dupond-Moretti in September against three magistrates of the powerful National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF).

They took part in an investigation aimed at identifying the mole who allegedly informed former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog that they were being wiretapped in a corruption case.

Both have since been sentenced in the case to one year in prison, although they are unlikely to serve any time behind bars.

Controversial figure

As a defense attorney, Dupond-Moretti – an intimidating figure who compared the courtroom to a theater – earned the nickname “The Acquittor”, a reference to the Terminator films, for his experience in the ‘acquittal of clients.

Dupond-Moretti swore as recently as 2018 that he would never be Minister of Justice, claiming that no one would have the idea “totally absurd” – “and frankly, I would never agree to such a thing” .

In 2019, he even starred in his own solo theater show titled “Eric Dupond-Moretti at the Bar”.

When he was appointed Minister of Justice in a reshuffle in the summer of 2020, the president of the USM magistrates’ union, Céline Parisot, declared that appointing a person “who divides so much and who has such a contempt for justice “amounted to” a declaration of war “. ”.

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Armed police raid on French justice ministry and minister targeted by “conflict of interest” investigation – lawyer – RT World News


Investigators in France raided the country’s justice ministry as part of an investigation into Eric Dupond-Moretti, the man appointed by President Emmanuel Macron to shake up the justice system, his lawyer said.

Dupond-Moretti, who was appointed Minister of Justice in July 2020, is under investigation after conflict of interest complaints were filed against him by France’s largest magistrates’ unions.

They argue that part of his work as a leading lawyer before his role in government makes him biased against some judges.

The minister said the unions were seeking to end changes he intended to make to the justice system, including televising court events and updating judges’ training manuals.

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His legal representative, Christophe Ingrain, said Thursday that his client was “calm” after the search, which he said involved 20 armed gendarmes in what was a “totally disproportionate” use of force.

Speaking to journalists outside the justice ministry, Ingrain accused investigators of a “violation” of the private life of Dupond-Moretti.

Ingrain said he did not know what material investigators were looking for, but told media Thursday night the raid was underway.

He said search efforts were complicated by the discovery of keyless safes that date back to the 1960s and were to be broken into by a locksmith.

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Before Dupond-Moretti took office, he claimed that the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) illegally seized his telephone records and those of other lawyers as part of a corruption investigation against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy .

He lodged a complaint – which he then dropped – against a PNF magistrate who he said had used “Cowboy methods” to access the evidence.

Dupond-Moretti’s efforts to file a complaint against the judge is one of two issues unions see as a potential conflict of interest.

The other is that he represented a Monegasque police officer who was the subject of an investigation by a local magistrate for suspicion of corruption.

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