Monday, 14 June, 2021

Former Airbus number two Fabrice Brégier arrives at Palantir


Seven months after his departure from Airbus, Fabrice Brégier will be appointed Friday boss of the French subsidiary of Palantir, an American specialist in the analysis of large data flows. Launched with the support of the CIA, this sulphurous Californian group had already won over the DGSI… and Airbus.

Fabrice Brégier, Deputy CEO of Airbus, in March 2016

Thunderclap in the small world of aeronautics. Only seven months after his departure from Airbus, after a fight to the death with Tom Enders, Fabrice Brégier will be appointed Friday September 28 boss of the French subsidiary of Palantir. The former boss of Airbus commercial planes, 57, is bouncing back where we did not expect it. In particular, he had been approached for the post of boss of Air France-KLM. He finally arrives at the American unicorn based in Palo Alto, whose specialty is the fusion of databases and the establishment of correlations invisible to the human brain. The specialist letter Intelligence Online mentioned on September 25 advanced negotiations between Palantir and Fabrice Brégier.

This choice will not fail to make the microcosm talk. Palantir, whose name is taken from that of the “stone of vision” allowing to observe distant places in the Lord of the Rings de Tolkien, has a sulphurous reputation: the CIA was one of the start-up’s first supporters, through its investment fund In-Q-Tel, and the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security were among its first clients. The choice of the DGSI, the French internal intelligence, to sign a contract with Palantir in 2016 as part of the fight against terrorism had therefore been the subject of an epic debate, many observers worrying about the possibilities of leaks. of sensitive data from French intelligence to the United States. The current head of the DGSI, Laurent Nunez, also assured Bloomberg in early September to seek “to develop a French or European offer” as an alternative to Palantir.

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