Regis Le Sommier

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Regis Le Sommier is the editorial director of OMERTA, a new news website that often spreads pro-Kremlin stories, primarily when covering Russia’s war against Ukraine, including after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Regis Le Sommier worked as an editor for RT (Russia Today) France, a Russian international multilingual TV channel broadcasted in French for France. Now, RT is banned in the EU for spreading disinformation. However, now OMERTA, headed by Le Sommier, posts RT-style stories. Le Sommier holds pro-Russian views; he produced reports on the Russia-Ukraine war from the Russian side.

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Mr. Le Sommier is the editorial director of the OMERTA media in France. He was deputy director of Paris Match for 27 years and a correspondent in the US. He was the only French journalist to have sat down in the White House with President George W. Bush for a one-on-one.

Somehow, Régis Le Sommier, at some stage, passed on the pro-Moscow side. The French journalist joined the RT France news channel as a senior reporter. Since August 2021, he has offered his analyses and reports in the field and studio.

In 2021, in the context of the geopolitical crisis and the Russia-Ukraine war in Donbas, Mr. Le Sommier could not ignore that RT was a propaganda media working in the interests of a foreign state, namely the Russian Federation. Indeed, French President Emmanuel Macron called RT and Sputnik “propaganda bodies.”

As we could see during the Russia-Ukraine war, Russian state media have nothing to do with the media, as they broadcast fake news and disinformation. For this reason, RT and Sputnik were banned in the EU after Russia started an all-out war against Ukraine in February 2022. But this was not worrying for Mr. Le Sommier, it seems.

Le Sommier went with the French volunteers to the war zone in Ukraine and spent eight days there. Moreover, the French reporter aired stories that supported Russian narratives.

“A French reporter was convinced that the US is in charge of the Nationalist Gangs in Ukraine. Régis Le Sommier went to Ukraine together with a group of his fellow citizens who decided to join the ranks of nationalist groups. The former RT France reporter was convinced that American servicemen fully, albeit unofficially, control Ukraine’s armed formations”, Russian propaganda media wrote in Le Sommier’s testimonial.

A French journalist, commenting on French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the United States, said the Ukraine war is draining the French army. “This war is depleting – not so much our army, but the weapons and ammunition that we can supply and continue to supply to Ukraine,” he said.

According to Le Sommier’s declaration, “Today, the daily consumption of ammunition is incredible.” “Every week, Ukraine spends the amount of ammunition France produces in a year,” the journalist specified. This position aligns with the narrative that the West should not provide weapons to Ukraine. But it finally failed.

The Omerta editorial director deliberately omitted that Ukraine uses these weapons to defend its independence, repel Russia’s war of aggression, and save the lives of civilians.

Régis Le Sommier and his colleague Charles d’Anjou, another pro-Russian figure in France, present the Russian-Ukrainian war in a YouTube program. As the presentation says, the first was there from the beginning of the war on the Ukrainian side; the second spent more than half of the year in the Donbas.

Despite this statement, we have seen Régis Le Sommier several times on the Russian side. First, in Kherson, during the Russian occupation, on the Antonovsky bridge, before the Ukrainian army liberated the city.

And second, near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which the Russian invaders captured during the war, creating a nuclear threat to humanity. By the way, we didn’t see any condemnation of this nuclear blackmail on RT (ex-Russia Today) or Omerta.

In the Omerta program, the pro-Russia affiliation is confirmed by a Russian nationalist promo video in the first minutes of the broadcast. It reminds us about the “Russian world,” Russia’s uniqueness, its interests, and its culture.

In January 2023, Mr. Le Sommier followed Russian invading troops on the frontline in their attempts to capture the Ukrainian town of Donbas. In his tweet, the French journalist complained about the shelling by the Ukrainian artillery.

Regis Le Sommier also features in the conferences organized by the organization French-Russian Dialogue, an instrument to promote the Kremlin’s views in France.

Namely, he participated in a video conference, “Syria-Libya-Sahel: convergences and divergences between France and Russia.”

“The Russians have interests they have all an interest in and have tried to regain they have managed to regain this important place on the international scene. There are perhaps things to develop with the Russians because the question of the Sahel is crucial for France”, Le Sommier said, which sounds more like a pro-Russian lobbyist than an objective journalist.

French far-right politician and conspiracy theorist Florian Philippot has teamed up with pro-Russian journalist Régis Le Sommier to spread pro-Russia narratives on Ukraine’s topic in France.

The discussion about Mr. Le Sommier’s recent book serves as the pretext for this interview. “Until the last Ukrainian” is a devastating phrase in the book’s title. The claim that the West is at war with Russia to the last Ukrainian is a well-known Kremlin propaganda punchline.

The book and the talk between the two individuals play in Moscow’s hands and become a helpful tool for Russian propaganda in France.

This helps Moscow distract from the fact that its forces have invaded Ukraine and are currently waging a full-scale war against Ukrainians. The United States and Europe did not force the Kremlin to go to war, but rather the opposite. The role of the West in this war was to support Ukraine, including by providing arms, so that the Ukrainians could stop the Russian attacks and protect their territorial integrity.

The speech of Régis Le Sommier reveals a constant anti-Americanism, which pushes him not to condemn Russia and not to disclose to their audiences the whole truth about Ukraine’s invasion by Moscow. He talks of an American war even though Russia invaded Ukraine and is still waging a horrible war there.

One can conclude that the author abounds in anti-American sentiment and is, by default, against those the United States supports, even if the US support a country which has been unjustly and violently attacked.

By stating that “The war in Ukraine is managed from Washington”, “It is the war to the last Ukrainian”, and “The USA is a part of the conflict”, the journalist shows his stake in the conflict, where Russia attacked Ukraine. The USA and Europe help Ukraine to defend itself. After all, Le Sommier worked for Russian state propaganda media RT, so it is no wonder he supports the pro-Moscow stance.

Regis Le Sommier did not pass up the chance to denounce the European and American arms shipments to Ukraine while debating the criticism of the Americans.

It is known that without arms, Ukraine would’ve had difficulties defending its territory from attacks from Russian troops and protecting cities and civilian infrastructure from Russian missile attacks. That is why Russia makes every effort to persuade the Europeans and Europe to stop arming Ukraine through its proxies and agents of influence in the European nations.

As expected, Florian Phillippot and Régis Le Sommier took the opportunity to support the Kremlin’s famous narrative about “Nazis in Ukraine”, mentioning Moscow’s myths about Bandera and Shukhevich.

It is shocking that Le Sommier praises the Russian invaders and does not denounce the invasion or the atrocities against Ukrainian civilians. This is despite the evidence of the prosecutors and international organizations that attest to the war crimes committed by the Russian military against the civilian population of Ukraine.


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