11.12.19

Gemini version available ♊︎

Teaser: Thierry Breton and His Disquieting Past

Posted in Europe at 12:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Previously: EPO and EU: People Behind the Faces

Thierry Breton caricature
Political caricature showing Leonardo da Vinci designing the perfectly balanced EU Commissioner who bears an unmistakable resemblance to Thierry Breton

Summary: “The company attracted notoriety and loathing in the UK for its role in assessing disability benefit eligibility.”

Techrights recently took note of a tweet from Benjamin “ZooBab” Henrion criticising the nomination of Thierry Breton by Emmanuel Macron as a candidate for the position of EU Commissioner in charge of industrial policy:

“Many readers will not be au fait with the minutiae of French politics, so it seems like a good opportunity have a closer look at Thierry Breton and what the implications of his appointment as EU Commissioner might be.”“Thierry Breton nomination is bad news for software freedom, ex-CEO of Technicolor/Thomson who was collecting royalties over MP3. Plus he seems to be in the Battistelli/EPO sphere…”

“ZooBab” is on the ball with this one but – whether he realises it or not – he has only touched on the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

Many readers will not be au fait with the minutiae of French politics, so it seems like a good opportunity have a closer look at Thierry Breton and what the implications of his appointment as EU Commissioner might be.

“He still has to face a hearing by members of the EU Parliament before any appointment is approved.”Before going any further it should be emphasised that the proposed appointment is not yet a done deal. As things stand at the time of writing, Breton has only been nominated as the preferred candidate of the French government.

He still has to face a hearing by members of the EU Parliament before any appointment is approved.

There is already speculation that Breton’s candidacy may become a cropper in the same way that Macron’s initial candidate Sylvie Goulard was rejected by the EU Parliament on “ethical grounds” after facing awkward questions about her employment of a European parliamentary assistant on national political duties and her lucrative salary from a US-based think-tank while she sat as an MEP.

“Some time later this month Breton is expected to face a “grilling” by EU parliamentarians in connection with various controversies related to his business activities, in particular his role as CEO of the dubious French multinational Atos, an “IT services” conglomerate.”The EU parliamentary jury is still out in Breton’s case but there is growing disquiet about a candidate who has been described as “brilliant, very smart” with “a lot of ideas” but also “a man of utmost arrogance” whose ego has “harmed him a lot in his career”.

Some time later this month Breton is expected to face a “grilling” by EU parliamentarians in connection with various controversies related to his business activities, in particular his role as CEO of the dubious French multinational Atos, an “IT services” conglomerate.

UK readers might recall that Atos was one of the main corporate recipients of government largesse in the area of public service “outsourcing” which reached its peak during the ConDem government of “Captain” Cameron and “Corporal” Clegg.

The company attracted notoriety and loathing in the UK for its role in assessing disability benefit eligibility.

Thierry Breton crimes

So, ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat-belts and watch this space as we commence our exploration of the high-octane career of the French whizz-kid entrepreneur-politician and wannabe EU Commissioner Thierry Breton…

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Geminispace/GemText/Gemini Protocol Turn 4 on June 20th

    Gemini is turning 4 this month (on the 20th, according to the founder) and I thought I’d do a spontaneous video about how I use Gemini, why it's so good, and why it’s still growing (Stéphane Bortzmeyer fixed the broken cron job — or equivalent of it — a day or two after I had mentioned the issue)



  2. HMRC Does Not Care About Tax Fraud Committed by UK Government Contractor, Sirius 'Open Source'

    The tax crimes of Sirius ‘Open Source’ were reported to HMRC two weeks ago; HMRC did not bother getting back to the reporters (victims of the crime) and it’s worth noting that the reporters worked on UK government systems for many years, so maybe there’s a hidden incentive to bury this under the rug



  3. Our IRC at 15th Anniversary

    So our IRC community turns 15 today (sort of) and I’ve decided to do a video reflecting on the fact that some of the same people are still there after 15 years



  4. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 01, 2023

    IRC logs for Thursday, June 01, 2023



  5. Links 02/06/2023: NixOS 23.05 and Rust 1.70.0

    Links for the day



  6. Gemini Links 02/06/2023: Flying High With Gemini and Gogios Released

    Links for the day



  7. Links 01/06/2023: KStars 3.6.5 and VEGA ET1031 RISC-V Microprocessor in Use

    Links for the day



  8. Gemini Links 01/06/2023: Scam Call and Flying High With Gemini

    Links for the day



  9. Links 01/06/2023: Spleen 2.0.0 Released and Team UPC Celebrates Its Own Corruption

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

    IRC logs for Wednesday, May 31, 2023



  11. Tux Machines Closing the Door on Twitter Because Twitter is Dead (for a Lot of People)

    Tux Machines recently joined millions of others who had already quit Twitter, including passive posting (fully or partly automated)



  12. Links 31/05/2023: Inkscape’s 1.3 Plans and New ARM Cortex-A55-Based Linux Chip

    Links for the day



  13. Gemini Links 31/05/2023: Personality of Software Engineers

    Links for the day



  14. Links 31/05/2023: Armbian 23.05 Release and Illegal UPC

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, May 30, 2023

    IRC logs for Tuesday, May 30, 2023



  16. Gemini Protocol About to Turn 4 and It's Still Growing

    In the month of May we had zero downtime (no updates to the system or outages in the network), which means Lupa did not detect any errors such as timeouts and we’re on top of the list (the page was fixed a day or so after we wrote about it); Gemini continues to grow (chart by Botond) as we’re approaching the 4th anniversary of the protocol



  17. Links 31/05/2023: Librem Server v2, curl 8.1.2, and Kali Linux 2023.2 Release

    Links for the day



  18. Gemini Links 31/05/2023: Bayes Filter and Programming Wordle

    Links for the day



  19. [Meme] Makes No Sense for EPO (Now Connected to the EU) and Staff Pensions to be Tied to the UK After Brexit

    It seems like EPO staff is starting to have doubts about the safety of EPO pensions after Benoît Battistelli sent money to reckless gambling (EPOTIF) — a plot that’s 100% supported by António Campinos and his enablers in the Council, not to mention the European Union



  20. Working Conditions at EPO Deteriorate and Staff Inquires About Pension Rights

    Work is becoming a lot worse (not even compliant with the law!) and promises are constantly being broken, so staff is starting to chase management for answers and assurances pertaining to finances



  21. Links 30/05/2023: Orc 0.4.34 and Another Rust Crisis

    Links for the day



  22. Links 30/05/2023: Nitrux 2.8.1 and HypoPG 1.4.0

    Links for the day



  23. Gemini Links 30/05/2023: Bubble Version 3.0

    Links for the day



  24. Links 30/05/2023: LibreOffice 7.6 in Review and More Digital Restrictions (DRM) From HP

    Links for the day



  25. Gemini Links 30/05/2023: Curl Still Missing the Point?

    Links for the day



  26. IRC Proceedings: Monday, May 29, 2023

    IRC logs for Monday, May 29, 2023



  27. MS (Mark Shuttleworth) as a Microsoft Salesperson

    Canonical isn’t working for GNU/Linux or for Ubuntu; it’s working for “business partners” (WSL was all along about promoting Windows)



  28. First Speaker in Event for GNU at 40 Called for Resignation/Removal of GNU's Founder

    It’s good that the FSF prepares an event to celebrate GNU’s 40th anniversary, but readers told us that the speakers list is unsavoury, especially the first one (a key participant in the relentless campaign of defamation against the person who started both GNU and the FSF; the "FSFE" isn't even permitted to use that name)



  29. When Jokes Became 'Rude' (or Disingenuously Misinterpreted by the 'Cancel Mob')

    A new and more detailed explanation of what the wordplay around "pleasure card" actually meant



  30. Site Updates and Plans Ahead

    A quick look at or a roundup of what we've been up to, what we plan to publish in the future, what topics we shall focus on very soon, and progress moving to Alpine Linux


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts