No prosecution has been initiated or considered against Federal Councilor Alain Berset after he was forced to land by French air police on a private flight on July 5, according to a statement written by French diplomacy. The pilot and the aircraft were in order.
The Minister, who left Switzerland at the controls of a CESSNA 182 plane, landed in Dole around 3 p.m. to complete customs formalities. He took off again in the direction of Châtellerault at an altitude of 2900 meters. He received an authorization for transit, confirmed Thursday Frédéric Journès, the ambassador of France in Switzerland.
At 4:23 p.m., its trajectory very briefly cut off the restricted overflight zone of the Avord military airfield, which triggered the air police operation. A ground check was carried out in Thouars by a group of departmental gendarmerie.
For the record, the Federal Department of the Interior had informed ten days ago about this theft. Since obtaining his pilot’s license in 2009, the Socialist Federal Councilor occasionally rents a single-engine plane, he said. And to add that the Fribourgeois was alone on board.