One Frenchman, Three Dominicans, and a Failed Assassination (Hugo Chávez)

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According to an article by Voltaire Network, during his presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of fellow world leader Hugo Chávez. Apparently, he had sent French citizen Frédéric Laurent Bouquet to kill the Venezuelan president. Along with three Dominican nationals, Bouquet was found with an arsenal of military weapons, preparing the assault. No information is available so far on the Dominican “soldiers of fortune.”

Penitentiary Services Minister of Venezuela Iris Varela announced the expulsion of a French citizen identified as Frederic Laurent Bouquet on December 29, 2012. Bouquet was arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals and in possession of a veritable arsenal. In the apartment bought by Bouquet, the Venezuelan Scientific Police found 500 grams of C4 plastic explosive (military use); 14 assault rifles; five of them equipped with telescopic sights, five with laser targeting systems and one with a silencer; special cables; 11 electronic detonators; 19,721 cartridges of various calibers; three machine guns; four pistols of different calibers; 11 sets of radio communication equipment; three walkie-talkies and a radio base; five 12-gauge shotguns; two armored vests; seven military uniforms; eight grenades; a gas mask; a combat knife; and nine containers of gunpowder.

At trial, Bouquet admitted to having received training in Israel and that he was an agent of the French Secret Service (DGSE). He also acknowledged that he was preparing an attempt to assassinate the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.

At the end of the trial, Bouquet was sentenced to 4 years in prison for “concealment of military weapons.” At the end of his sentence was taken from his cell, pursuant to Ordinance No. 096-12 by Judge Jaime Yulismar, and deported from the country for posing a “threat to national security,” under Article 39, paragraph 4 of the Immigration and Migration Act of Venezuela.

According to Voltaire Network, Venezuelan authorities had abstained from mentioning this until now. Facts were confirmed by spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Lalliot. The French Embassy in Caracas refused to comment.

Voltaire Network writes that their research allows them to draw the multiple conclusions that:

1) French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the murder of his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez.
2) The operation was a failure.
3) France had to grant substantial compensation to prevent the case from being exposed during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy.

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