The old world, the start-up nation, the castle and the Prefect #3

On December 15, Magcentre resumed the revelations of Le Canard Enchainé on the dismissal of Marie Lajus, prefect of Indre et Loire, dismissed without notice by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. Since, of couriers in petition of support, the case has taken on a national dimension as this decision without official explanation appears to be shocking in terms of respect for republican laws in the region. We return here to this case with a very documented investigation in the form of a Christmas soap opera at the heart of the machinery of power in the region.

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Chapter 3

The castle 2.0

Where things get really interesting and avant-garde is that Xavier Aubry has a much more ambitious idea in mind, that of founding an incubator for deeptech, namely Artificial Intelligence, quantum computers and the biology of synthesis. Better, this future incubator should see the light of day in… the park of the Château de la Vallière, yes yes, that “ in the middle of an ancient forest of sixteen hectares which shelters a reserve of protected animal species “, the one that arouses the admiration of the Mansart Foundation, the one that intends ” preserve and bring to life heritage of great interest (…) the natural and landscape sites “.

Attention, we are not talking about an idea in the air, it is not the style of Xavier Aubry. The project is advancedthe building is already designed and it even participates in a competition giving rise to funding from the European Union thanks to its ecological characteristics presented as outstanding, and it is supported by the fine flower of the local political class.

Plan of the Da Vinci Labs building project

The mayor of Reugny, Nicolas Toker is over the moon: imagine the windfall in the form of taxes and expenses for the future residents of the incubator. The boss of the community of communes, Vincent Morette, a member of the PS – not of its most leftist branch – sees the magic words flashing: development of the territory. The Departmental Council is also in the game – with, for example, a subsidy of 50,000 euros voted a few months ago -, in particular through its president Jean-Gérard Paumier, a very influential notable on the local right, close to Mr. Labaronne, and that we give a candidate for the next senatorial elections in 2023. We understand then that the project and its positive spin-offs in a number of small rural towns in the area could result in the votes of electors. Finally, François Bonneau, PS president of the Center Region for quite a while, and here too, not the most Bolshevik, very distant report to Nupeswith nuanced ecological convictions and visibly fascinated by economic development with a high-tech sauce, even if it means supporting the old world, for example by strongly helping the maintenance of Tours airport. It is the regional public investment program Dev’Up – of which Thibault Coulon is one of the administrators – which accompanies the incubator project. We even find articles about it in the NR, but in the form of advertorial content, that is to say that Dev’Up bought space from the newspaper for institutional communication. We therefore learn that this unique place of 4000 m² will truly put quantum technologies, artificial intelligence and synthetic biology at the service of the planet. The challenge of this research and incubation structure will be to enable start-ups to respond competitively to the ecological challenges of tomorrow, and to bring out the future champions of our sectors of excellence (…) Its realization will have a tremendous impact on the local innovation ecosystem”. It will complete the regional Deeptech support offer and will also be a new element of attractiveness for the territory! “. What to have stars in the eyes and a little taste of silicon valley sprinkled with semi-dry Montlouis.

The first of the rope

But Xavier Aubry also has friends in the business. For 2023, Da Vinci Labs announces supporting two projects, Swiftt and Equality, around artificial intelligence. But what whets our elected officials’ appetite for a new world are the open partners of the incubator project. On the one hand, Pasqal, a quantum computing research unit created in 2019 by Alain Aspect, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2022, and Christophe Jurczac. On the other, Qubit Pharmaceuticals, created by Robert Marino and of which Christophe Jurczac is a director. The common point between these two boxes carrying hopes of innovation and financial income is to be partly financed by a fund called Quantonation, directed by Charles Beigbeder and… Christophe Juczac. The latter went through Polytechnique, Normale Sup, ESCP then the Stanford School of Economics before integrating important positions in ministries then leaving for Poweo, a box created by Charles Beigbeder to compete with EDF after the opening to competition. of the sector. Then, he was or still is a director of around twenty start-ups all over the world before joining the management of Quantonation in 2018. Charles Beigbeder is the brother of the writer. He did the Ecole Centrale before working for Matra and moving into banking at BNP and then Credit Suisse. He assembles and resells boxes at full speed and he is currently at the head of the Audacia investment fund, while also putting balls in start-ups in the air industry and in autonomous cars. Cultivating several talents, Charles Beigbeder led a parallel political career. He tries to take the head of the Medef without success and he presents himself under the UMP label in Paris, but he is expelled from the party because of a betrayal. Since then, he has been openly campaigning alongside Charles Millon for the union of the rights, assuming he wants to forge alliances with the RN and standing out for his uninhibited meetings with Eric Zemmour a few years ago, or with Marion Maréchal and Robert Ménard more recently. Moreover, he invests in the media and holds shares in the very reactionary Incorrect and Atlantico. A very practicing Catholic and member of the Rotary Club, Charles Beigbeder claims to be a member of Opus Dei, a conservative order, long compromised with the Franco dictatorship in Spain and with Pinochet in Chile. In short, Xavier Aubry’s networks are powerful and influential, as we will have understood.

To be continued…

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