On Monday, Darmanin first announced that the man, who was taken on a French flight after helping the French embassy to evacuate, had been placed under house arrest and surveillance because authorities “suspected this person of to have or to have had links with the Afghan Taliban. government. He was taken into police custody after violating the terms of his house arrest “for a few minutes,” Darmanin said.
“It is an Afghan who, during the evacuation of the embassy, helped French citizens and people who worked for France to get out, during an incredibly tense moment, and who probably saved lives,” he said. government spokesman Gabriel Attal told BFMTV.
Darmanin denied that there was a “fault” in the screening process, some of which took place at the French military base in Abu Dhabi, where French evacuation flights stop over. It was then that the man admitted that he was previously in charge of a Taliban checkpoint in Kabul.
“He and his contacts are now monitored by the General Directorate of Internal Security and geolocated,” he said.
Right-wing characters Valerie Pécresse and Xavier Bertrand, as well as the National Rally Marine Le Pen, all three candidates for the French presidency in 2022, seized the situation, calling for a swift expulsion of the man if his links were confirmed.
G7 leaders will meet virtually on Tuesday to discuss the future of Afghanistan. Britain will ask members to coordinate their response to the Taliban and the United States to postpone the withdrawal of their troops, scheduled for August 31.