New MacCarthyism. Now in France too


Benoît Quennedey, administrator in the Senate (in the department responsible for architecture, heritage and gardens) and president of the France-Korea Friendship Association (AAFC), is since Sunday, November 25, 2018 placed in custody which can be extended until the evening of Thursday, November 29th.

He was arrested at his home in Paris, on the ground of “collection and delivery of information to a foreign power likely to harm the interests of the Nation”.

These charges are implausible and extravagant in light of the information that Mr. Quennedey could hold regarding the service in which he works.

Given the glaring lack of concrete evidence on this issue, we fear that this is a resurgence of the gaging of opinion in France, intended to hit the free spirits. It is therefore urgent to mobilize for the preservation of democratic freedoms.

Benoît Quennedey has always campaigned for friendship between peoples, starting with the friendship between the French and Korean peoples. The association he chairs was founded in 1969 with this in mind and has, despite its long history, never experienced a case like this.

In his latest book, “North Korea this unknown” (Delga editions, 2017), Benoît Quennedey puts all his skills to bring information about North Korea, not confidential but not widely reported by the mainstream media, and very useful to mutual understanding between peoples and the preservation of peace.

Anyone interested in participating, in one way or another, in the support committee to Benoît Quennedey are invited to answer us ( to register, without forgetting to give their names, associations possibly, and qualities. The list of supports will be made public.

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A press briefing will be held Friday, November 30 at 20:30 at the Tropiques bookshop, 63 rue Raymond Losserand 75014 Paris.

Staying at your disposal for more information,

the spokesperson of the committee,
with the support of the Franco-Korean Friendship Association,
Aymeric Monville
(director of Delga editions, publisher of Benoît Quennedey)

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