[quote=“tommy525”]Meantime the Swiss wont return the 500 million kickback paid to a shadowy Taiwanese arms dealer who is still on the run.
And the French company (govt) is not keen to pay a 1000 million penalty for providing kickbacks either.
TW will never see that money, the swiss will just keep it forever.[/quote]
The French government also knows how to hold a grudge. This is from Asia Times Online, a couple of weeks back:
[quote]A story appeared, again in the Liberty Times, on an expatriate Frenchman. Didier Cornolle had lived in Taiwan for five years and was married to a Taiwanese woman, but he had been suddenly ordered home. His alleged occupation was leader of a small team of French military technicians that functioned as a connecting point between France’s and Taiwan’s governments, arm dealers and Taiwan’s military. [/quote] atimes.com/atimes/China/LF10Ad02.html
But the French military liaison office cannot have been closed, because there was no such thing to begin with, according to the French government (from CNA, June 1):
[quote]France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the existence of a military liaison office in Taiwan in a press briefing Monday after Taiwanese media reported that the office has been closed over the handling of a warship sale dispute.[/quote] focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_ … &Type=aIPL
At this point it doesn’t seem likely that it will. And just in case there’s anyone reading this who’s not aware of the following (from the Vancouver Sun, May 25, 2010):
[quote]Another eight people associated with the story have died under strange or mysterious circumstances [i. e., in addition to Captain Yin Ching-feng].[/quote] vancouversun.com/business/Ta … story.html
One more thing–well, two, actually. France, too, has a “national security” interest in keeping some of the details secret (from the Johannesburg Star, November 17, 2003 ):
[quote]Successive ministers of finance have refused access to the documents concerning the deal, claiming that the material is classified.[/quote] thestar.co.za/index.php?fSec … eId=285767
And this, from one of the French participants in the scandal (taken from the Daily Telegraph, February 2, 2004):
[quote]“There is only one way to survive in France and it is to be a politician, because they can kill, they can steal, they can do anything, and justice protects them,” [Christine Deviers-Joncour] says. After receiving violent threats in 2000, she wore a bullet-proof jacket for 18 months. “Once I decided to tell the truth, I had no political protection.”[/quote] telegraph.co.uk/culture/3611 … -lost.html