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Expanding the French Connection
Self ^ | Friday, November 04, 2005 | Paperjam

Posted on 11/04/2005 11:36:55 AM PST by paperjam

Edited on 11/04/2005 6:21:10 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Fox news ran stories last night based on some of the things we were tracking right here in this post. Here is their on line story.

 Here is the FreeRepublic link that started it all: Here

As unfinished as my research is, I feel compelled to release what I've found so far as the story cannot wait any longer.  I am not looking for a scoop on anyone or anything, but at the same time I don't want anyone thinking I made this stuff up after the fact either.


In this story, tracking back the money and the controlling interests to their sources started off pretty innocuously.  I reasoned that TotalFinaElf, based in France, would enlighten us to the inner workings of Jacques Chirac and his connections to Iraq, the UN, and the forged Niger documents.  However, one soon learns that the powers that be are cornering the USA into complete and total dependence upon foreign powers for our very economic survival.  As you read along and follow the links I’ve provided you will soon see that China, Canada, and France, are working very hard to take away America’s ability to exert influence in world affairs.  In fact, they each seem to be working in unison to damage our ability to remain a super power.  If we are not very careful as a nation, we are going to be screwed to the floor for decades to come.


I still believe fully that America and Britton were “set-up” with forged documents to undermine our ability to use warfare to force Iraq into compliance with the UN resolutions.  I have no doubt that TotalFinaElf and the billions they stood to lose remains part of the reason behind the attempt to trip us up and discredit our ability to justify war with Iraq.  The only flaw I had in my reasoning and I have stated before is that it was difficult to see the forest for the trees.  I think now we can get a much better glimpse of the sheer size of the forest in front of us and the major players who are involved.


As you follow through the seemingly large amount of information, please keep in mind that it’s not as simple as me just telling you.  See it for yourself and understand the enormous forces being played out against our own interests.


Bear in mind that the focus of this story started with TotalFinaElf who had options to develop the massive Majnoon and Bin Umar oilfields in southern Iraq.  I followed the money back to Canada to Power Corporation who has deep connections at highest levels of the UN and then on to China through Mr. Li Ka-Shing, the worlds 19th richest man.  France is still a major player in its attempts to harm the US and continues to position itself as a world leader in a new era, one without the USA as a superpower.


(The links are important so try not to miss them as they all tell part of the greater story.  I apologize in advance for the sheer amount of data, but getting a glimpse of the big picture sometimes takes a greater effort)




Power Corporation




Power Corporation is aptly named and perfectly describes their goal, Power.

Power Corporation holds the controlling stock of TOTAL otherwise known as TotalFinaElf.  I’m providing a Timeline of the more significant events of the company to provide some background. 

Power Corp’s founding father, Paul Desmarais, is a major shareholder and director of TotalFinaElf, the biggest oil corporation in France, which has held tens of billions of dollars in contracts with the deposed regime of Saddam Hussein. Both Prime Minister Paul Martin and his mentor Maurice Strong, senior advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, each have worked for Power Corp. Martin’s immediate predecessor is former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, whose daughter, France is married to Andre Desmarais, Paul Desmarais Sr., son.

This link here gives us an important look at some of the people involved with Power Corporation, Canadian and UN Politics.

Andre Desmarais also sits on the China International Trust & Investment Corp (CITIC), described as the alleged investment arm of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) which is the more formal name of the Chinese military. Through its subsidiaries, the CITIC could be the largest manufacturer of weapons and arms in the world

As Canada Free Press (CFP) has revealed, Paul Volcker, who heads up the Independent Inquiry Commission into the oil-for-food scandal, held a seat on Power Corp’s international advisory board.

Continuing to join the dots on Volcker and potential conflicts of interest is Volcker’s number two man on the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC), Reid Morden. Morden has connections to Paul Desmarais in his role of selling nuclear plants to China and others for companies dominated by Desmarais. Although he is Canada’s former “ intelligence chief”, Morden does not answer to the Canadian government. As Canada Free Press letter writer Peter Herberg puts it, "Can you imagine the uproar if a former CIA chief did this and took part in a UN investigation that refused to cooperate with congress?

Power Corp., through its ties to the New York branch of the Banque Nationale de Paris-Paribas, or BNP Paribas is also linked to the UN oil-for-food scandal. BNP Paribas was the sole bank for administering the $64 billion oil-for-food program and did not have adequate checks on whether money was being funneled to terrorists, a House International Relations Committee probe found in November 2004. Committee investigators have uncovered evidence that BNP Paribas made payments without proof that goods were delivered and sanctioned payments to third parties not identified as authorized recipients.

IIC Investigators suspect Saddam was able to skim off $10-billion or more during the period from secret oil sales and kickbacks on oil-for-food contracts.

In February 2001, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, one of Belgium’s top 10 companies and 25 percent owned by Power Corp., acquired control of BertelsmannAG (BAG). Andre Desmarais, President and Chief Executive Officer of Power Corp., was named to the BAG board. Power Corp. now maintains controlling interest in BertelsmannAG, Germany’s largest publishing empire--bigger even than Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The publishing empire which employs some 80,000 workers in 51 countries, posted an overall cash flow of $18.3-billion in 2002.

Jean Chretien’s stepped down on 12 December, 2003.  His first trip after leaving office was to lead a delegation to China on trade deals. His next trip was to Iran on behalf of an oil company. Mr. Chretien went to Iran as a "special adviser" to the Calgary oil company PetroKazakhstan, which wanted to ship Kazakh oil to China and Iran. His job was to convince the Iranians that this is a good idea.

His work was part of the Silk Road Group that had been founded in the early 1990’s.  The goal of this group was to create new oil routes for a number of major companies, among them TotalFinaElf and PetroKazakhstan.

TotalFinaElf is now working with the Iranians.  They are operating under contracts to help develop the South Pars gas field.  They are the Iranian portions of what is probably the largest gas field in the world. The other part of the field, in Qatari waters, is known as North Field. With the South Pars project, TotalFinaElf has become the foremost oil company in partnership with Iran and has bolstered its position in the Middle East, where the Group has been active for some 75 years.

If you’ve managed to read through half of the sites I’ve listed and read up on Power Corporation then you know by now that they are a truly a powerful corporation, no pun intended.


Li Ka-Shing

Now we need to turn to Li Ka-Shing, the richest man in Asia and the 19th richest in the world.  He is the owner of the Hong Kong-based Hutchinson-Whampoa that now runs the Panama Canal Ports, and is currently buying Husky Oil of Canada and plans on buying Canadian mining giant Noranda.  There are many ties to China’s political

China is eager to buy Canadian natural resources to feed its burgeoning economy, particularly oil from Alberta province's oil sands, the second biggest oil deposit in the world, and uranium for 40 nuclear reactors it plans to build by 2020 to generate electricity and reduce its reliance on coal.

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) won a bidding war to buy Canadian oil company PetroKazakhstan for a whopping 4.18 billion US dollars.

China continues to position itself with the help of people like Li Ka-Shing in the critical markets of port operations, petroleum, mining, and telecommunications. 

French President Jacques Chirac has made Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing a member of the national order of the Legion of Honor, officials said. [AFP]  Li, 76, recently carried out a friendly takeover of France’s Marionnaud perfume retail group, in a deal worth 900 million euros (1.17 Billion dollars).  The deal made the Watson unit of Li’s Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa retail conglomerate the world’s biggest company in the toiletries sector.

The Asian tycoon’s eldest son, Victor Li, a Canadian citizen, recently offered $48-million for a failed 28 percent stake in bankrupted Air Canada.

Li Ka-Shing, incidentally owns Gordon Securities where Jean Chretien used to work. Jean Chretien is a close personal friend of Paul Desmarais of Power Corporation.   He has been dogged by the Sidewinder Report  Please see Here too! Following orders from persons unknown, CSIS (Canadian Security & Intelligence Service) watered down Sidewinder’s worrisome conclusions and replaced it with a revised document called, Echo.  Echo was another secret report but we have an investigation by James D. Harder who sums it all up nicely.


French President Jacques Chirac

This section is still in work and not ready to post but the premise is that France more specifically Jacques Chirac is attempting to undermine the US dollar in an effort to start the dollar on a devaluation slide by breaking the tie between Oil and the US Dollar.


He is also setting himself up as a tremendous friend to the Iranians much in the same way he did with Iraq. I wish I had more time to fully work this up but here it is as I have it.


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The Moderators are allowing me to repost this story on it's own and for that I am very grateful. As the information expands so does the depth of the story.

I will complete all my research here and post all new findings under this thread.

1 posted on 11/04/2005 11:36:58 AM PST by paperjam
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To: paperjam

Thanks and thanks to the mods too.


2 posted on 11/04/2005 11:39:33 AM PST by IVote2 ( God Bless our military men and women! Thank you for your service.)
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To: IVote2

And thanks to you, Jen.

3 posted on 11/04/2005 11:42:45 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: paperjam
Thanks for posting this!!

BTW, I just rediscovered this thread from a while back.... you might want to take a look here for addition info: " What Wilson Didn’t Say About Africa: Joseph Wilson's Silent Partners"

4 posted on 11/04/2005 11:44:05 AM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: paperjam

fox link is wrong. it is some unrealted story

5 posted on 11/04/2005 11:46:35 AM PST by minus_273
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To: minus_273

Thanks for finding that, I have no idea how that happened. Here is the link from Fox.

"Conflict of Interest Seen in Oil-for-Food Investigation",2933,174458,00.html

6 posted on 11/04/2005 11:53:30 AM PST by paperjam
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To: paperjam
An excellent summary of the more visible elements of globalist fascism acting through political channels. The underlying story lies in the environmental treaties composed at and defined in adjuncts of the UN, Non-Governmental Organizations, financed by the families controlling various raw material resources, principally petroleum, but also including strategic minerals, and increasingly, food production.

It's basically resource racketeering using the courts to preclude American assets from coming onto the market. That guarantees the higher prices for raw materials we see today. Maddeningly, those high prices also finance our enemies (the Soviet military build-up of the 70s was financed by high oil prices, thank you Jimmy Carter, and needless to say, also finance Islamofascism).

That American mineral estate secures treasury notes held by foreign banks (American-held treasuries are unsecured). The payoff comes when regulation is applied selectively to assure that the "right" players get access (virtually all hard rock mining in the US today is foreign owned). It may be a way to borrow money cheaper, but it comes at an awfully high price as you noted: our freedom and independence.

I like to call that gambit "highly organized crime." The thing that really pisses me off is that we borrowed much of that money to finance wars to protect the very globalists who threaten our freedom. Call it the hidden price of the welfare state. It's no surprise why there are limousine liberals.

I regard environmentalism, and especially Sustainable Development, as a military and economic strategy to enslave America. What is especially galling is that all this environmental "protection" is doing significant environmental damage that promises to seriously degrade our ability to sustain our own population, much less feed anybody else. If you want to read about the mechanics of that problem, and more importantly how a real solution would work, it's here.

7 posted on 11/04/2005 12:14:22 PM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Zacs Mom

Very interesting link. So Joe Wilson is evidently le francophile.

8 posted on 11/04/2005 12:24:27 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: paperjam

Keep it going !

I'm looking for a few links myself: Chinese funding of Islamist insurgency,for example.

9 posted on 11/04/2005 12:37:30 PM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: paperjam; All

We need Frist/Bush/et al to

(1) get some &^%$##* backbone, spine, gonads,

(2) realize that the Democrats are at war, political war,


(3) tell the Attorney General to assign an independent prosecutor to takeover the FBI investigation into the "forged" documents


in that investigation anyone who made any comments about those documents, before October 9, 2003 (Wilson), or who later reported to others that he knew certain things about those documents prior to their delivery to the US on October 9 (Wilson), must be included as a suspect in that investigation.

I think we are eventually going to find Joe Wilson, and Valerie Plame acting directly and knowingly in concert with the government of France, in regard to those "documents"; and the foreign investigations are going to unequivocably identify France as the creators of those documents.

As soon as that prosecutor has a grand jury, we need this and Fedora's Wilson-background posts delivered to the prosecutor; not as "evidence" of anything, but simply as knowledge that opens up questions; questions that need to be pursued.

10 posted on 11/04/2005 12:43:05 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Zacs Mom


This fills in the blanks nicely for his second wife Jacqueline Wilson. It's a long read but a great one for anyone looking to get to the bottom of it all. Fedora put together an excellent piece.

11 posted on 11/04/2005 1:04:23 PM PST by paperjam
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To: paperjam


12 posted on 11/04/2005 1:11:46 PM PST by txhurl
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To: paperjam
Here is the article from the U.K. "Telegraph" that shows the activities of France, the Italian spy businessman, Rocco Martino, and the treasonous actions of Joe Wilson. Read especially this part:

"Italian diplomats have claimed that, by disseminating bogus documents stating that Iraq was trying to buy low-grade "yellowcake" uranium from Niger, France was trying to "set up" Britain and America in the hope that when the mistake was revealed it would undermine the case for war, which it wanted to prevent."

Here is the link:

We remember how John Kerry yelled about how important it was for us to work with nations like France. To let the United States be led by such an error in judgment would have been disaster for our country.
13 posted on 11/04/2005 1:19:46 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: paperjam

read later bookmark.

14 posted on 11/04/2005 1:27:15 PM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: paperjam

This is outstanding research. Thanks.

15 posted on 11/04/2005 5:46:30 PM PST by Jean S
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To: paperjam

Thanks for all the good work....and at the end of the day I don't think Mr. Wilson will be a happy camper!! Thank God for FREEPERS.

16 posted on 11/05/2005 12:31:51 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Freedom isn't Free....never has been...never will be)
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To: paperjam


17 posted on 11/05/2005 5:54:01 AM PST by Gosh I love this neighborhood
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To: Gosh I love this neighborhood


18 posted on 11/05/2005 8:52:19 AM PST by txhurl
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To: paperjam

Thanks for all your research. Keep it up and put it out here for us. My husband and I have just been reading through a lot of the links re: Canada and Li-Kashing. Because we live here in Canada, we found this information stunning.

Last night I was at a Christmas function for the ladies of our church. One of the ladies at our table was telling us that she and her guest, April, who is here in Canada as a student, were out shopping to find some clothing made in Canada to send to her mother in China. But they were not successful because everything they looked at had a made in China label. After reading this stuff this morning, I find this very indicative of the danger our countries are now in. China doesn't have to declare war on us. They just have to keep buying us until they own everything. And it seems like they are succeeding so well at it that there is no way to stop it.

I was also struck by all the plans these guys connected to the UN had that were supposed to materialize during this decade. But then, surprise, George Bush got elected(twice!)--a man that doesn't play by the same rules, 9-11 happened and then the War on Terror. So If this hasn't wiped out their plans, it has caused them some big complications. No wonder there is so much hatred for this man and those who follow him!

19 posted on 11/05/2005 11:05:52 AM PST by Albertafriend
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To: Alice au Wonderland


20 posted on 11/06/2005 5:26:32 AM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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