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In Corrupt UN Of Guterres Senior UNESCO Advisor Knee Deep in French Prez Race

By Matthew Russell Lee & sources, Exclusive

UN GATE, April 26 – Inner City Pres has been reporting on serious malfeasance by the Azoulay administration at UNESCO in Paris, almost as bad as Antonio Guterres' corruption in and of the UN in New York. Not a day goes by without another startling discovery about the breakdown of rules and laws at UNESCO.

This week, we learned that an advisor to UNESCO's DG, Audrey Azoulay, was involved in the French presidential campaign while working at UNESCO and receiving a UN salary paid by taxpayers. 

In his recent publication of a book-investigation on the "Zemmour phenomenon", the journalist of "L'Express", Étienne Girard, underlines the influence of Julien Ravalais-Casanova in the organization of the presidential campaign of Éric Zemmour. Julien Ravalais-Casanova, a former executive of the political party "Les Républicains" is currently a senior advisor to Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO. 

Upon investigation, it turns out that Julien Ravalais-Casanova has been involved in several previous political campaigns and was associated this year first with the campaign of Valerie Pecresse, candidate in this month's presidential elections in France.

Then, unexpectedly, Julien Ravalais-Casanova moved into the apparatus of Zemmour's campaign as a political mercenary changing his focus depending on who offers a better price for his services. 

All this would have been perfectly fine, if Julien Ravalais-Casanova had not been appointed a year ago by Audrey Azoulay as a senior advisor for partnerships in her Cabinet. In this capacity, he has simultaneously developed all of his political activities in France in flagrant violation of the rules and regulations of the United Nations.

If there is a serious enough reason to get rid of a civil servant immediately, it is his involvement in political life at the national level.  Now, after this Inner City Press article, Julien Ravalais-Casanova may well be fired in an absolute rush to cover for his boss. But is he the only one to blame? What about the responsibility of Audrey Azoulay who let it happen? What would President Macron and his team think of a UNESCO staff member organizing the campaign of his rival Eric Zemmour?

What is the position of the French ambassador to UNESCO, Véronique Roger-Lacan, regarding this proven violation of the rules with the tacit agreement of their DG Audrey Azoulay?  We have also been informed that it was recently decided to transfer Julien Ravalais-Casanova from the Cabinet to UNESCO's Bureau of Strategic Planning, under the direction of another Frenchman, Jean Yves LeSaux, in order to mitigate any potential scandal for Azoulay regarding her role in covering his deeds. Only the member states can decide how long this French arrogance in the management of the Agency will last.  In principle, for a violation of the rules of this magnitude, the dismissal of staff is normally decided on the spot. Not at UNESCO. At UNESCO, DG Azoulay fully and abjectly protects her French colleagues.

At UNESCO, anything is possible to an extent never seen before. It should also be noted that under Azoulay's tenure, not a single French staff has been sanctioned for wrongdoing despite the long list of misconduct committed by her fellow citizens. All of her heavy sanctions were directed at staff of nationalities other than French.  The role of Bernardin Assiene, the Director of IOS, who is normally the one in charge of proposing sanctions for such huge violations of rules, should also be questioned and challenged in his behavior of covering up the misdeeds of French nationals at UNESCO. 

At UNESCO these days, it is best to leave indignation and dignity outside the building before entering. No corrective action has yet been taken to stop this senseless management of a multilateral agency funded by all member states and privatized by one, for which the French DG Azoulay is entirely responsible.

Indeed, the question of whether UNESCO is totally a private store was asked some time ago and the answer in light of the above is obviously a big positive yes.  DG Azoulay has demonstrated in no uncertain terms since the beginning of her tenure that cronyism is the only standard for recruitment at UNESCO. Since her election in 2018, DG Azoulay has set aside the HR manual and exempted most recruitments from HR rules.

 These include more than two dozen French nationals who got cushy positions in the Paris-based UN agency as "best" candidates. The question of how many of them actually work for the Agency and how many for French politics remains open after the latest news about Julien Ravalais-Casanova’s occupations.  Covered and orchestrated by the Director of Cabinet Nicolas Kassianides and Director HR Kazumi Ogawa, the appointment of so many of Azoulay's French compatriots is of course an embarrassment and a disgrace for all member states.

This is the UNESCO of today - a UN agency propitious to the flourishing of corruption, anti-constitutional political moves, sexual performances-based promotions, abuse of power and nepotism. We will have more on that. Watch this site.


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