Takieddine, an economic intelligence company and a Franco-Libyan ‘think tank’

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Between 2005 and 2006, Ziad Takieddine teamed up with an economic intelligence company called Salamandre, headed by Pierre Sellier, a figure with a reputation for being close to the French intelligence services. Apart from preparing commercial contract propositions for the Libyans, the two planned the creation of a Franco-Libyan think tank. Two of its eminent members were to be General François Mermet, the former head of the French intelligence agency and a board member of Salamandre, and Michel Lacarrière, another former intelligence chief and who also sat on the Salamandre board. Sellier was to be in charge of the ‘general secretariat’ of the institute, overseeing logistical and financial operations. In the end, the think tank was never launched.

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