French journalists accused of trying to blackmail king of Morocco

French journalists accused of trying to blackmail king of Morocco

[Ed. – Just what the world needs.]

Two French journalists have been placed under formal investigation after Morocco’s King Mohammed filed a complaint accusing them of attempting blackmail by threatening to publish a book about him, a judicial source said.

The king’s lawyer, Eric Dupont-Moretti, told RTL radio that Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet were arrested on Thursday after a police sting in which he said the journalists received a payment and signed a contract for not publishing the book.

The French judicial source told Reuters the two freelance journalists, who had previously published a book criticizing the monarch, were placed under investigation on Friday evening and released from custody overnight. …

Dupont-Moretti said that during a meeting with a member of the king’s entourage the journalists asked for 3 million euros ($3.4 million) not to publish the upcoming book.

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