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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221253045
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 180
Size : 135 x 215 mm
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Undercover

Release date : 06/01/2022
From North Korea through Iran to French jihadist cells – the testimony of an undercover recon expert
Born in a disgusting quarter of the Parisian suburbs, Ali grows up under the care of his hard-working parents of Moroccan descent who move their son into a bungalow in a popular neighborhood near Trappes to prevent him from becoming a gangster. Even though he is an Arab by origin,... Born in a disgusting quarter of the Parisian suburbs, Ali grows up under the care of his hard-working parents of Moroccan descent who move their son into a bungalow in a popular neighborhood near Trappes to prevent him from becoming a gangster. Even though he is an Arab by origin, Ali does not speak Arabic. His school teachers have advised his parents to avoid teaching him their mother tongue if they want to facilitate his integration in his new school environment. Ali is French but does not look the part.  In the eyes of the white guys of his hood, he has the face of an Arab and for the Moroccan Arabs, he resembles a “Houdi”, a Jew. Without a peer group and a community to identify with, Ali turns bad, starts dealing, listens to Rap songs and tries on different identities. In his twenties, his Arabic looks and his competences in all kinds of delinquencies become an asset and allow him to get a job as a fixer who hooks up Parisian journalists with thugs, dealers, gangsters and traffickers…He seems to gain access to the closed circle of journalism, a trade he has always admired. But soon, reality is chipping away at his illusions: instead of the fearless reporters he imagined, he discovers shameless people full of cowardice, pretentiousness and dishonesty who will pay to obtain the testimony they want and who ruthlessly seek out the most shocking and disgusting images. He flees to Canada, a country blind to color and race, where he thrives as a reporter for a small local newspaper. Back in France, he takes up his job as a fixer until a woman hires him for a prestigious production company where he learns the trade of an undercover journalist and completes assignments from Iran to North Korea. He becomes a specialist on terrorism and infiltrates three jihadist cells. He also crosses path with the principal recruiter of Isis in France, « Abou Souleymane », a man who turns out to be a woman…. Mistreated by the DGSI, the National Security Agency, betrayed and forced out of his job since he has to be invisible in order to be efficient, and soon even threatened when his cover with the soldiers of Allah is blown, Ali understands that he will never be treated as an equal with the journalists he risks his life for. Despite all his efforts, he will never be able to infiltrate the closed circle of journalism, be one of them. His life crumbles as the Republic betrays him – France will always need an Arabic pawn to sacrifice.

Key points:
The unpublished testimony of a man who has met the head recruiter for Isis in France
An authentic and outspoken portrait of journalism and its abuses as well as of French society
 
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EAN : 9782221253045
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 180
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont