Inner City Press is the French analysis of the “failure” of
African leaders Tandja,
Mbeki of South Africa and Obasanjo of
Nigeria -- later given UN mandates and pay elsewhere. Click hereand
French analyses of the three heres, and here again for
a French memo on the intentions of Guillaume Soro, referring to
another childhood friend of Gbagbo and his “ethnie Bete” -- Bete
always been amiable and on the record, complained he thought Inner
City Press is “being used,” adding that in Ivory Coast, these
French documents are seen as helping Gbagbo. But question then the
contents of the documents.
Serman, France has not come forward with any explanation of
re-sending Serman or of the other documents -- such explantions or
comment would of course be published here -- and the US
Mission to the UN has yet to answer questions it confirms it received
from Inner City Press over the weekend, to know
as possible, whether the US was informed / aware of French
diplomat Romain Serman's arrest in New York in 2006 for attempted
purchase of cocaine and resisting arrest before Serman re-appeared in
the US as France's current general consul in San Francisco.
the US to escape this charge in 2006, Serman has re-appeared
in the US representing France as its general consul in San Francisco.
Several sources interviewed by Inner City Press say this is legally
problematic, and may reflect a failure to disclose by France,
negligence by the United States -- or both.
Serman was not punished, but rather continued to work for President
Nicolas Sarkozy, on Africa and other issues.
Serman was sent back to the United States, to become France's General
Consul in San Francisco.
Serman gives French award to WWII veteran in Sacramento
Serman hosted Sarkozy minister
Frederic Mitterrand during a visit
San Francisco where he met,
among others, executive of Google, Amazon and Apple, and linked his
visit to what he called the Facebook revolution in Egypt.
diplomatic sources, including in the US Mission to the UN, whom Inner
City Press interviewed prior to publication said that Serman to
re-appear in the United States as a French diplomat after he fled the
country to escape charges of purchasing cocaine and resisting arrest
is illegal, one
diplomat said, citing a provision of 8 U.S. Code Section 1101
regarding “a failure to appear before a court pursuant to a court
order to answer to or dispose of a charge.”
this case, the
well placed source said, while Serman may have tacitly been allowed
to flee the United States as a diplomat, he was “not supposed to
come back in, as a diplomat.”
that when he has been sent to other countries, it has always been
vetted by the country to which he was sent, seeking “agreement,”
a French diplomatic word meaning consent.
whether this is a case in which France falsely did not
disclose the previous charge against Serman when he was sent to San
Francisco last year, or whether US authorities were “negligent”
-- or both.