Libya: Bernard-Henri Lévy, Denis Robert and the Qatar cheque

By Soufiane Khabbachi
Posted on Tuesday, 19 July 2022 16:10

Bernard-Henri Lévy and Denis Robert. © JA editing: Aristidis Vafeiadakis/ZUMA Press/REA; Laurent COUSIN/HAYTHAM-REA

French media outlet Blast and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL) are fighting it out in the courts and social media over the outfit's suggestion that he received money from the government of Qatar in order to support France's intervention to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

On 29 June, the appeals court in Paris found that Blast’s reporting was defamatory but did not award BHL damages or order the article to be taken down, as per his request.

The 17th chamber of Paris’ criminal court had dismissed the case in September 2021 following BHL’s defamation complaint against a former Libération journalist, but he appealed the decision.

They have linked one of the most important struggles of my life [the universality of human rights and the right to democracy] to obscure and infamous stories of money

The online media platform Blast had published a piece accusing BHL of accepting a €9.1m ($9m) cheque from Qatar to support the war in Libya.