These are difficult times. We are confronted with a virus whose characteristics we do not yet fully understand, and which is claiming the lives of hundreds of people every day.
True to our mission to inform with no taboos, and often against the mainstream, we would like to report a few facts about Professor Didier Raoult, the new star in social networks, and now in media too. The elements you are about to read in this paper would suggest that it is not a good idea to rely solely on one’ s judgment, given the rather amazing and dramatic history of his life.
The SARS-2 coronavirus appeared in November/December in China. Very quickly, having learnt from the country’s experience in dealing with the dangerous SARS-1, the Chinese government responded and took drastic measures. Here is Didier Raoult’s reaction dated January 23, 2020, regarding the measures taken by the Chinese government, and therefore the threat of an epidemic in France :
Q. – Prof. Didier Raoult, a coronavirus epidemic is on the news in China at the moment. Is this something we should fear ?
Eleven years ago, in the midst of the H1N1 crisis, Professor Bernard Debré ironically wrote in the JDD [ week-end publication ] : « It’s still a menial bout of flu ». Is the government doing too much ?
In the days that followed, Raoult was forced to change the title of his video to: « Coronavirus: A way out of the crisis ? » :
Coronavirus: « It would be a medical fault not to give chloroquine to treat the Chinese virus », according to Professor Didier Raoult
Are you going to use chloroquine at the IHU to treat coronavirus ?
« Chinese scientists are very serious people. They’re no fools, and they’ve shown that chloroquine works. It would honestly be a medical fault not to give chloroquine to treat the Chinese coronavirus.
Source : 20 minutes, Mathilde Ceilles, 26-02-2020
In this interview, he said :
Didier Raoult: It is not.
According to you, what is the most appropriate therapeutic strategy to fight this virus ?
Source : TourMag, 26-02-2020
Didier Raoult then carried out a chloroquine test on 26 people, and published the results in a
very prestigious international peer-reviewed journalin a Youtube video on March16th (and in a publication on March 17th – source). His statements then became increasingly frequent following the experiment.
« Chloroquine cures Covid-19 »: Didier Raoult, the infectiologist who would have the cure for coronavirus
On the caveats raised about the methodology of his recent clinical trials: « It’s counterintuitive, but the smaller the sample size of a clinical test, the more significant its results are. The differences in a sample of 20 people can be more significant than in a sample of 10,000 people, so if you need such a sample, there’s a risk of being wrong. With 10,000 people, when the differences are small, sometimes they don’t exist. »
Source : Marianne, Etienne Campion, 19-03-2020
Coronavirus: « I’m not an outsider, I’m ahead of the game, » interview with Marseille professor Didier Raoult
627 dead people in one day and 40,000 cases of Covid-19 in Italy, we are no longer at the « menial bout of flu » (grippette) you were talking about a few weeks ago…
Prof. Didier Raoult : […] There are 2.6 million people dying of respiratory infections in the world each year. Can you imagine that the 5,000, 10,000 or even 100,000 more will change the statistics? …] But right now, we’re counting less than 500. We’ll see if we succeed in killing 10,000, but I doubt it. Right now we’re more likely to die from something other than Covid-19. …] For Italy, they were clamouring, I have received an analysis, it’s like elsewhere, it’s people over 75 years old.
[…] you’re consistently at odds with the flow of the mainstream speech…
Pr Didier Raoult: Just because there are a few people in Paris who think certain things doesn’t mean I’m against the trend. In my particular world, I’m a worldwide star, I’m not at all against the mainstream. I don’t give a damn what other people think. I’m not an outsider, I’m the one who’s the furthest ahead. I am not the weird one, it is people who are ignorant.
Source : La Provence, Alexandra Ducamp, 21-03-2020
EXCLUSIVE – Coronavirus: « We know how to cure the disease« , says infectiologist Didier Raoult
This may be a revolution in the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic: after six days of clinical testing on the intake of Plaquenil, one of the commercial names for chloroquine, only one fourth of the 24 test patients of Professor Didier Raoult of the IHU Méditerranée Infection in Marseille were still positive for the vir
Even better : « Combined with the use of antibiotics targeted against bacterial pneumonia (azythromycin), the treatment completely cured the subjects within a week, while 90% of the patients who did not take this treatment are still positive, » says the world’s most frequently mentioned infectious disease specialist.
Source : Les Echos, Paul Molga, 17-03-2020
and this again :
Exclusive Coronavirus « The only substance that is both effective and available is chloroquine ».
While the American president Donald Trump has just announced that he was going to distribute this anti-malarial treatment to combat the Covid-19 epidemic in the United States, its most ardent promoter in France, the microbiologist Didier Raoult, is reconsidering the concerns raised by this molecule in France.
Source : Les Echos, Yann Verdo, 19-03-2020
[Video] Covid-19 Scientific Council Member Denounces Containment Ineffectiveness
For Professor Didier Raoult, Italy, France and Spain are following the wrong course by taking the path of total containment.
Source : Valeurs actuelles, 19-03-2020
Right at the height of the epidemic, Didier Raoult has just announced that he is releasing a new book, which he wrote in the lapse of … one month (source) :
« Terrifying warnings of possible epidemics have proliferated in recent years. …] For all these diseases, mathematical models and projections have been made that predicted the deaths of millions of people. This has not been the case, apart from the flu epidemic, which has killed as an ordinary flu does. …] All the supposedly frightening potential epidemics that have clustered over the last 20 years have hardly exceeded 10,000 casualties…. Not very impressive. The total number of deaths caused in France over 20 years by all the above-mentioned diseases […] is ridiculous, compared to the figures announced by the whistleblowers. »
And so Didier Raoult is surfing on the current drama as he seeks to demobilize the population. But the worst is this sentence which is utterly untrue:
« The odds of the Chinese coronavirus changing the French or the world mortality statistics are zero.«
You only have to consider the mortality of Bergamo in Italy to realize how much Didier Raoult’s words are lies here…
And thus, Didier Raoult has on several occasions contributed to putting the threat into a different perspective and reducing the involvement of the population in the midst of the coronavirus offensive. He therefore participated in our defeat in the fight against the spread of the virus…
But let’s go back over Didier Raoult’s career. As his Wikipedia page reminds us: « He is one of the most frequently quoted French researchers, with numerous scientific publications to his credit ».
Didier Raoult thus has a very productivist vision as far as research is concerned, as we can see here in 2008 :
So, here we are, Raoult is the head of the University Hospital Institute of Marseille. He is both the Director of the Marseille Infection Foundation, which oversees the IHU IM, and also acts as its administrator (source):
IHU IM Organizational Chart
Regarding his multiple functions, Didier answered this in an interview (source): « They’re wrong. […] I’m a director on a voluntary basis, so there’s no conflict of interest. We have checked with a specialised law firm« .
From 2007 to 2010, […] the IRD had pledged to give 250,000 euros to the infectiopole project already led by Didier Raoult. …] In 2017, the IHU will only receive 50,000 euros per year. The agreement and the related rents therefore seem to fill the gap compared to previous years. [MarsActu, 10/2018]
Back in April 2017, the CHSCT ([Committee on Health, Safety and Working Conditions) of the CNRS (National Committee of Scientific Research), Inserm, IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development), and Aix-Marseille University received an anonymous letter sent by employees of the Urmite (Research Unit on Emerging Infectious and Tropical Diseases), directed by Didier Raoult (source).
Retaliatory measures against the whistleblowers start on 8 June. The director addresses the general assembly to denounce the action of the 12 ITAs and announces that he would not leave it at that. Under these conditions, for many people, the fear of testifying is growing. (source)
An « intersyndicale » (all trade unions together) was then formed, and alerted the minister, specifying that the management was « in the process of excluding from the laboratory the whistleblower engineers it thought it had identified as being at the origin of the letter » (source).
On 7 July, an inspection of the Urmite by the CHSCT takes place (source + source). The individual interviews reveal that « this contempt [from the hierarchy] is manifested by shouting, bullying, name-calling, non-compliance with the most basic rules of health and safety. The staff, many of whom have a precarious statute and of foreign origin, live in fear« .
In an interview with the AEF (expert information agency) [source], Didier Raoult commented on this grim story:
« As far as I know, this is not the kind of thing that happens, other than a complaint, a love affair that went wrong…. « It’s delirious, … we offer exceptional living conditions ». Didier Raoult deplores the behaviour of « bitter people » and « five or six jealous grumblers« , before praising the exceptional nature of the research carried out within the company: « Science, at the level at which I perform it, is high-level competition. There are tensions when you discover it, that’s the essence of excellence. »
The report from the CHSCT is an icy narrative [source] :
« Didier Raoult […] values you more or less depending on your status. And more or less according to whether you’re a man or a woman. […] I’ve often seen women leave in tears. »
The staff « was finding it very hard to cope with the pressure [Didier Raoult] was putting on them to get results. …] Students whose work was not convincing were humiliated by the research supervisors, with Raoult in the lead.
In October 2017, following the CHSCT’s visit to the research unit headed by Didier Raoult, four complaints were filed for sexual harassment (source). The trade unions had been informed that at least six women, mostly of foreign nationality, had for several years been victims of acts that could be described as sexual harassment and sexual assault at the University Hospital Institute (IHU).
At the time, Didier Raoult had confirmed that he had been aware of this as early as 2015 and had not informed the President of the University. One can quote the threats of sacking or interruption of scholarship of the alleged victims, or even a quote that would have been commonplace for a researcher: « It’s 4 o’clock, it’s time for my blowjob, who’s gonna do it today? « (source).
At the time, the CGT [trase union] was wondering (source) :
How is it possible that alleged acts of sexual harassment brought to the attention of the unit director (Didier Raoult) could remain without official denunciation by the unit management for two years ? How can it be considered normal for a person responsible for the staff under his direction, who is also a physician, to keep alleged victims in contact with their alleged aggressor for two years? …] How can it be understood that, in two years time, a unit director has never taken the time to meet a student who has declared having been assaulted on the premises of his unit by a research director under his direction ? [CGT, 11/23/17]
France 3 [public local TV channel] had reported on the case when questioning Didier Raoult in relation to the serious accusations against his collaborators. According to him, « if 10 or 12 individuals are dissatisfied out of 770, it’s not a surprise… They want to kill the IHU […] (source).
It seems that Didier Raoult has an exaggerated aura since he has many failures to his credit, in the various fields we have just analysed. Far from being an isolated researcher, we can see that this « Mandarin à la française » benefits from powerful support, which apparently prevented him from being sanctioned as a manager when necessary. As a « General of Health » who has contributed on several occasions to reducing the mobilization of the population in the midst of the coronavirus offensive, he participated in our defeat in the fight against the spreading of the virus. (Analogy with the chinese mandarins. Idea of a state aristocracy: the mandarins would try to keep the control of a management qualified as « patrimonial » of the organization of care.)
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