France says senior officer investigated security breach

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FILE PHOTO: French Defense Minister Florence Parly speaks to reporters as she visits the devastated site of the massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020. REUTERS / Thaier Al- Sudani

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday that a senior officer had been investigated for alleged security breaches.

According to Europe 1 radio, a French lieutenant-colonel, based in Italy and stationed at NATO, is suspected of having transmitted sensitive documents to the Russian secret services.

Asked to comment on the report, Parly said the ministry had informed prosecutors about the case. She did not specify what the policeman was suspected of having done.

“We have taken all necessary safeguard measures,” she said.

According to Europe 1, the policeman was detained by the French security agency when he was about to return to Italy and was remanded in custody at “La Santé” prison in Paris.

Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva and Gwenaelle Barzic, editing by William Maclean

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