FinCEN Files: Investigation into Dirty Money Transfers from Major Global Banks

At least $ 2 trillion in suspicious transactions were carried out between 2000 and 2017 by several major global banks. This is what an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, made up of 400 journalists from the media in 88 countries, including the investigation units of Radio France and the newspaper Le Monde, reveals.
For their investigation, ICIJ journalists were able to obtain "suspicious activity reports". These are top-secret documents that US bank internal compliance officials send to US financial intelligence agencies when they detect questionable money transfers.

According to these documents, 2,000 billion dollars in suspicious transactions may have been carried out. It is dirty money linked to drugs, corruption, organized crime and terrorism.

Large banks are singled out like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon or HSBC. They ensure, however, that they make significant efforts to combat financial crime an…

Fire aboard the Perle submarine in Toulon: an "annoying event but there is no danger in nuclear terms either", reassures a specialist

A fire aboard the Perle nuclear submarine broke out Friday morning in Toulon, before being brought under control in the evening. "A fire of this magnitude in a submarine is really exceptional," reacted on Saturday June 13 on franceinfo Jean-Dominique Merchet, journalist for L'Opinion, author of the blog "Secret Défense", specialist in military matters and strategic. He described the event as "important", "annoying, but there is also no danger in nuclear terms".

Fire aboard the Perle submarine in Toulon

The submarine was under construction, everything that was really dangerous and that posed risks of pollution, such as the nuclear core, armaments, batteries, had been taken out, people were evacuated.
Jean-Dominique Merchet, journalist specializing in military and strategic issues

"We do not know how this fire started or what the consequences will be," said the journalist. "There may have been a deformation of the hull under the effect of the heat, perhaps we will be able to repair all of this, but perhaps we will never be able to get this sub-watered sailor in safety conditions for the crew, and therefore perhaps one of the nuclear attack submarines of the French fleet has been lost ", he supposed.



"Maybe we can never get [him] back to life"

For Jean-Dominique Merchet, the unavailability, for the time being of unknown duration, "will pose a problem" and be "complicated": "We only have five submarines in this category that require long periods of time. 'maintenance and therefore an extremely tight schedule,' he said. The Pearl and the other nuclear attack submarines have two missions, "to accompany the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle" and "to ensure the protection of the other nuclear submarines launchers of machines which are the heart of the deterrence French nuclear ". The fire of the submarine in Toulon will therefore cause some complications according to the specialist, but "it is not a disaster, it is not as if we had lost a submarine at sea with sailors on board. Nuançons ! ".

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