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Cablegate: French Officials Attending Nuclear Security

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131656Z Sep 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 PARIS 006217

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

DOE FOR COUNTERTERRORISM - SAOKI/JGLASER; STATE FOR NP -
PCOMELLA; STATE PLS PASS USNRC FOR INTL RELATIONS -
HFAULKNER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TRGY KNNP FR
SUBJECT: FRENCH OFFICIALS ATTENDING NUCLEAR SECURITY
EXERCISES - SOUTH CAROLINA


1. (SBU) On September 13, ESTH Counselor received two
letters from Mr. Didier LALLEMAND, Haut Fonctionnaire de
Defense ('High Civil Servant for Defense'), Ministry of
Economy, Finances, and Industry, the French authority
responsible for oversight of nuclear security in France, an
official well and favorably known to the Embassy. The
letters are addressed to Steven Aoki, DOE Undersecretary for
Counterterrorism and ESTH Counselor. These letters are in
French and will be faxed to Mr. Aoki's office. One responded
to Mr. Aoki's invitation of September 1 for a French
delegation to participate in security exercises and bilateral
discussions in South Carolina from September 27-30 and
indicates that the French side accepts the invitation.
Lallemand, himself, regrets he will be unable to attend, but
designates Mr. Eric Plaisant, his "counselor for internal
security and chief of office for security and control of
sensitive and nuclear materials, to lead the French
delegation of nine (total) officials.

2. (SBU) The delegation will arrive Atlanta 26 September at
1350 and Columbia, South Carolina, at 1755. The delegation
will stay 5 nights at:

Hotel Howard Johnson Inn
1200 Bush Rive Road
Columbia

Delegation will depart Columbia on Saturday, October 1, at
1308, and depart Atlanta at 1610.

3. (SBU) Mr. Lallemand also wrote (in rough translation),
"The subjects of discussion which you (Aoki) propose appear
to me perfectly pertinent. It would seem to us particularly
productive to pursue exchanges on the questions concerning
the concepts, the implementation, and progress of the
exercise, notably with regard to the French experience in the
matter of security exercises."

4. (SBU) The following is the list of officials in the
French delegation.

NAME
TITLE
ORGANIZATION
DOB
PASSPORT INFO

BERNARD, HERVE
-- Directeur du Pole Maitrise des Risques/Directeur central
de la Securite
-- Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
-- 5/25/53
-- Service Passport 03ZZ274479 Delivered by the Ministry of
Interior, EXP. 12/3/07

DEVRED PHILIPPE
-- Commandant de Police
-- Direction Generale de la Police Nationale/Unite de
Coordination de la Lutte Anti-Terroriste
-- 6/29/60
-- Service Passport 02ZZ17992 Delivered by the Ministry of
Interior, EXP. 10/1/06

DUCLOSE, BERTRAND
-- Commandant de Police/Adjoint du Conseiller pour la
Securite interieure
-- Ministere de l'Economie, des Finances et de
l'Industrie/Service du Haut Fonctionnaire de Defense
-- 10/3/60
-- Service Passport 4ZZ34539 zDelivered by the Ministry of
Interior, EXP. 9/6/08

DURIEUX PASCAL
-- Responsable de la Mission Securite
-- EDF DPI Mission Securite
-- 3/17/47
-- Passport 05E136284 Delivered by the prefecture de Yvelines
(78). EXP. 8/22/15

INGATOVITCH, ETIENNE
-- Chef d'escadron/Chef de la section de lutte contre le
terrorisme
-- Direction Generale de la Gendarmerie Nationale
-- 4/1/62
-- Passport 05E160205 EXP. 9/1/15

NANNINI, ALERIO 6/7/59
-- Charge de mission/Responsable de l'antenne de Cadarache
-- Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete
Nucleaire/Direction de l'expertise nucleaire de defense
-- 6/7/59
-- Passport 5TR17761 Delivered by the sous-prefecture de
Forcalquier (04) EXP. 8/390/15

PLAISANT, ERIC
-- Commissaire divisionnaire de la Police
Nationale/Conseiller pour la Securite interieure/Chef du
bureau "Securite et controle des matieres nucleaires et
sensibles"
-- Ministry of Economie, des Finances et de
l'Industrie/Service du Haut Fonctionnaire de Defense
-- 6/13/06
-- Service Passport 3ZZ21752 Delivered by the Ministry of
Interior EXP: 2/23/07

SARTRE, JEROME
-- Charge de mission Protection de patrimoine
-- Group AREVA
-- 2/1/52
-- Passport 02XE27619 Delivered by the sous prefecture de
Carpentras (84) EXP 1/22/13

WINTER, DENIS
-- Assistant du Directeur de l'expertise nucleaire de defense
-- Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete
Nucleaire/Direction de l'expertise nucleaire de defense
-- 3/14/59
-- Passport 02XC31513 Delivered by the sous-Prefet d'Antony
EXP: 11/25/12

5. (SBU) The second letter addressed to ESTH Counselor from
Haut Fonctionnaire de Defense LALLEMAND is a formal
'statement of assurance' that each of the above-named
individuals are in possession of a 'SECRET-DEFENSE' security
clearance - or a higher level clearance - all/all clearances
are in effect.

6. (U) Please advise ASAP if further formal information is
required from the French side.
STAPLETON

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