A member of the French Secret Service team that carried out the Rainbow Warrior bombing in 1985 has been killed in a plane crash in the French Alps.

Xavier Maniguet, 62, was one of four men aboard the yacht Ouvea that smuggled explosives used in “Operation Satanic”, which sank the Greenpeace flagship in a bid to stall protests against French nuclear tests in the South Pacific.

The NZ Herald goes on to say:

The press described him as an “honourable correspondent” for the French foreign espionage service, the DGSE.


10th July 1985 was one of the defining moments of my young life.  I have spoken to many French folk, and once educated about the horrific deeds done by their government at that time,  in their name, have openly expressed how dishonourable the DGSE and Francois Mitterrand really were.

There truly are very few folk whose obituary I would read with glee.  Oh yes, Robert Mugabe’s would be a party, foreshore, my shout.  Now I add to my list the remote, morbid hope that these two also get their karmic comeuppance sooner rather than later.


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