French President sacks Military Intelligence Chief General Eric Vidaud

French President sacks Military Intelligence Chief General Eric Vidaud

General Eric Vidaud, the head of French military link intelligence, will resign, owing to what was deemed an insufficiency of his services in the war in Ukraine link, according to what *AFP* gathered from military sources familiar with the situation.

According to French newspaper *l'Opinion*, a military insider confirmed the imminent resignation of the director of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM). The latter cites an inside source at the Ministry of the Armed Forces who speaks of "insufficient briefings" and a "lack of mastery of subjects."

According to a military source reached by *AFP,* the DRM has been on the radar of the militaries' general staff since Russia began its military operation in Ukraine link. The DRM, on the other hand, "does military intelligence on operations, not on intentionality," explained the source.

Another military source who spoke on condition of anonymity said Vidaud had been the subject of rumors within the army and talks of him being given another position.

The General was appointed to the position last summer. At the beginning of March after the war began, General Thierry Burkhard, Chief of the Defense Staff, alluded in the daily *Le Monde* to discrepancies in analysis between the French and Americans on the issue of a future "invasion" of Ukraine. link

"Our services rather thought that the conquest of Ukraine would have a monstrous cost and that the Russians had other options."