“I belong to that small group, in every country, of the few people who have done extensive research into the situation. In France we are only two or three people, no more. “ Against the background of new age music, the face distorted by a yellow filter that slowly reproduces these words is that of Eric Fiorile. This video, posted on Sept. 6 on the Odysee platform, which is known to host the productions of some conspiracy theorist proponents, is one of the first produced by the chairman of the “National Transitional Council” (CNT) since his release. in July after seven months of pre-trial detention. If the man is known for his anti-government activism, the “Pandora Papers” reveal that he is also a follower of offshore financing through a company based in the Seychelles.
What are the “Pandora Papers”?
“Pandora Papers” is a joint investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in collaboration with 150 international media, including: The world. It is based on the leak of nearly 12 million confidential documents, sent by an anonymous source to the ICIJ, from the archives of 14 companies specializing in the creation of offshore companies in tax havens (British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Singapore, Panama, the Seychelles…).
Five years after the “Panama Papers”, the investigation reveals the magnitude of the abuses of the offshore industry and its public companies. She shows how hundreds of policymakers are taking advantage of this system, and how new tax havens are taking over while old ones are moving towards transparency.
Mr Fiorile, 66, was arrested in December 2020 as part of a crackdown by the Directorate General of Homeland Security (DGSI) against conspiratorial far-right circles. He was suspected of being closely involved in another group movement, that of the “Barjols”, which planned the assassination of Emmanuel Macron. He was eventually placed in custody for: “Illegal possession of a category B weapon” and released pending trial.
Mr Fiorile is an old figure of conspiracy movements, active on social networks since the 2010s and controversial, also in these circles, but not stingy in dubious characters. With the CNT, he dreams of establishing “demosophy”, a concept of his invention aimed at entrusting power to “Managers selected by studies, then by competition”, who would act under the guidance of “Supreme Authority”, thousands of people drawn.
Call for a “coup”
The concept, which Mr. Fiorile has been spreading since the 1990s – his YouTube channel had up to 45,000 subscribers before it was removed – has won him the support of several hundred believers who take swift action, for example by painting mysterious green circles on the sidewalks. In 2015, the movement dreamed of a “Civil Coup”, a call that he subsequently relaunched in 2016 and then in 2018. In March 2021, doctors in Morbihan . received “Subpoena” signed by the CNT, threatening to be “Brought before a military people’s tribunal” for their role in health policy against Covid-19, denounced by the small group.
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