French spies accused of working for China

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 6 Jul 2020

Two former French intelligence agents go on trial today accused of having passed on secrets to a foreign power.

According to reports, the two men, colleagues at the foreign intelligence service in the 1990s, were working for China.

Pierre-Marie H and Henri M will appear in a special court accused of "delivering information to a foreign power" and "damaging the fundamental interests of the nation." They face 15 years in prison if convicted.

Both men, now retired, were charged and detained in December 2017, although Pierre-Marie H has since been released on bail.

His wife, Laurence H, also faces trial, accused of "concealment of property derived from intelligence with a foreign power likely to harm the fundamental interests of the nation."

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