Conflict of interest over Verdier? Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Suez Environment

Posted: November 2, 2015 by tchannon in Accountability, government, Politics

Context here

Tim writes: I have no idea of the contractural terms under which Verdier was employed nor any detail of what has happened. Unfair contracts if that is what is was are not enforceable but this may require full legal redress. This rarely happens, individuals move, power gets away with it.

However, when the matter came to light a little while ago the name Cunci was involved so I had a quick look, was not happy over what I found but wrote nothing. Perhaps she was honest, wait and see.


Active now “Assemblée Générale statuant sur les comptes de l’exercice clos le 31 décembre 2015.”

She drops her married name, Cunci, in most publicity.


Incidentally, Suez have been airbrushing since I last looked. 🙂

“Philippe Verdier sacked”

Is that a conflict? How was Cunci involved?

This is an international organisation is almost certainly where you live.



David Palmer-Jones, chief executive officer of Recycling & Waste Recovery UK, SUEZ Environment (formerly SITA UK), said: “We are very pleased to join the other business units within our global group in uniting under a single global brand today.” —

“Incinerators 1: Corporate pressure is backed up by ‘neutral’ BBC statement
23 Feb
The Chief Executive of Sita UK, David Palmer-Jones, writing in the Financial Times, says there is ‘cause for alarm’, not at the potential loss of profits to SITA, but at the failure to ‘tackle’ the energy supply gap, following the closure of old coal-fired and nuclear power stations.”

Paywalled content, here is Google search entry


So what are the old names? Is there there bad history?
Name change loses existing goodwill on a name.

Now lets turn to Mrs. Cunci’s apparent duty as a governmental appointee. (statements by CSA appointment are easy to find as is the widespread questioning of her suitability)

“Orange France head named as new France Televisions chief
April 24, 2015
French media regulator the CSA has named the current executive director of Orange France, Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, as the new president of public broadcaster France Télévisions, replacing Rémy Pflimlin when his current term ends.

Ernotte-Cunci, 48, who will take up her new role on August 22 and will serve for a five-year term, is the first woman to take the helm at the pubcaster.”

CSA — Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel

An Independent Authority to Protect Audiovisual Communication Freedom
The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) was instituted under the law of 17 January 1989 with the charge of guaranteeing broadcasting communication freedom in France. It is the successor to the Haute Autorité de la communication audiovisuelle (1982-1986), and to the Commission nationale de la communication et des libertés (1986-1989). The scope of the CSA’s responsibilities under the law of 30 September 1986, amended numerous times, is wide-ranging: ensuring plurality in opinions expressed, organising radio and television electoral campaigns, rigorous news treatment, allocating frequencies to operators, ensuring human dignity is upheld, protecting consumers. The Conseil is also in charge of ensuring on-air “defence and showcasing of French language and culture” (veiller à la défense et à l’illustration de la langue et de la culture françaises). More recently, the CSA has received new charges: rendering television programmes accessible to hearing or visually impaired persons, ensuring media reflection of the diversity in French society, supporting health protection public policies, etc.

CSA published a document written by Cunci where she writes at length

PDF in French

Her words include restoring trust in French television. I’ll leave it to competent French readers to take a good look and maybe tell blog readers what else is says.

She admits the Suez connection and elsewhere has made a declaration of interest. (don’t have the link to hand, French TV site)

“J’exerce également différents mandats :
Administratrice de Suez Environnement,
Présidente du Conseil d’Administration de l’Ecole Nationale de la Photographie d’Arles,
Membre du Conseil d’Administration de l’Ecole Centrale Supelec,
Membre du Conseil d’Administration du « Cent-Quatre ».”

There is no sign she knows anything at all about meteorology, or climate, or technical work. I think it reasonable to assume Verdier has a tad more expertise.

All of which leaves me wondering what else is submerged in the murky world.

Post by Tim

  1. Fanakapan says:

    She’s there to ‘Restore Trust’ 🙂

    Suez is another one of those companies that has made a killing out of taking over previously state owned operations.

    It seems that as the need for productive enterprise in the ‘West’ has been farmed out overseas, those who might have become involved have had to resort to Poncing off the taxpayer purse.

  2. tchannon says:

    Restoring broken trust is essentially impossible.

  3. ren says:

    Very strong jump galactic radiation.

  4. I’ve linked your article at
    You ask: “So what are the old names? Is there there bad history?”
    On the French Wiki site there’s a complete history. One of Suez’s components is La Société Lyonnaise des eaux, which like the Generale des eaux which is the base of Vivendi (Lord Deben’s outfit) specialised in bribing local authorities to sell their municipal water companies. When caught out they’d pay a fgine, sack the bloke responsible, then quietly rehire him elsewhere.
    That’s how I remember it. I’d have to do a lot of checking to verify though, so don’t quote me.

  5. A C Osborn says:

    As I just posted on the previous post.
    Do we need to start a slush fund to pay for his lawer(s) to sue the pants off them?

  6. tallbloke says:

    “Verdier is nothing less than a free speech hero. How horrible and twisted that, less than a year after world leaders gathered to lead a free speech rally in Paris following a murderous attack on a magazine, free speech has quietly said adieu in France.”

    I’ll be wearing my ‘Je Suis Charlie’ T-shirt this week.

    Via his publishers, Verdier has been invited to speak at the side-conference being organised in Paris