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The Wuhan virus research lab and the speculation over its military use

By Jacques Massey
Then Chinese president Hu Jintao and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac in Beijing, October 26th 2006. © AFP Then Chinese president Hu Jintao and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac in Beijing, October 26th 2006. © AFP

The former head of British foreign intelligence agency MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, this week cited a scientific report suggesting the Covid-19 virus was man-made and that the pandemic was caused by its accidental leakage from a high-security laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a claim swiftly denied by the director of the site. The French-designed lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, inaugurated in 2017, was the result of a cooperation agreement signed between France and China for research into emerging diseases. In this second report into the history of the lab, Jacques Massey details how the agreement became a controversial issue within France’s government and intelligence agencies, notably because of the involvement of the Chinese military in scientific research, and the wider background of the accident-prone development of biological weapons.

Probe into how French laboratory worker died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

A research laboratory at INRA. © DR A research laboratory at INRA. © DR

Émilie, a 33-year-old laboratory technician, died in June 2018 from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human variant of so-called mad cow disease. Her family has now lodged an official complaint of manslaughter and endangering lives against France's national agricultural research institute, INRA, where the young woman was working when she contracted the disease. The evidence suggests that there were health and safety failings on the part of this prestigious institute. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education, which oversees the research body, has launched an investigation. Pascale Pascariello reports.


Uber to set up Paris lab to develop flying taxi project

US transport company Uber has said it will invest 20 million euros over the next five years in a Paris-based laboratory, in cooperation with the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, for the development of sky taxis, which it hopes will be operational by 2023.

MH370: debris arrives in France as search for truth switches to laboratory

Aircraft wing part washed up on Réunion will be driven to Toulouse defence laboratory for confirmation it belonged to missing Boeing 777.