The chief of France’s military intelligence Chief has resigned for his inability to anticipate the war in Ukraine, citing unnamed sources and an official email announcing his resignation.
A request for comment from the Defence Ministry was not immediately returned.
Eric Vidaud had been the head of the military intelligence organization for seven months, but sources informed the daily l’Opinion and other media that the army had found his briefings “insufficient” and that he lacked “mastery of the themes.”
Thierry Burkhard, the chief of staff of France’s armed forces, told Le Monde earlier this month that French intelligence, unlike their American counterparts, had failed to forecast Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The Americans were correct when they predicted that the Russians would attack. Our intelligence agencies believed that invading Ukraine would be too expensive and that the Russians had alternative choices “According to Burkhard, who spoke to Le Monde.
Vidaud was informed on Tuesday that he would have to leave his role in the summer because to the crisis over Ukraine, and he opted to resign now, according to L’Opinion.