I was looking though some pictures last night in preparation for my next trip report and was reminded of a small incident that occurred prior to a recent domestic Air France flight. It’s a bit late now, but I’m still interested if any of you, dear readers, can identify this VIP.
Who Was The VIP Arriving From Paris On Air France?
The “sighting” took place on July 29th at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, the airport which straddles France and Switzerland with Germany just a few kilometers away. My wife and I were heading to Paris (there’s a backstory there too…stay tuned) and the inbound flight from Paris was late.
As we stood at the gate area waiting for our Embraer 170 to arrive, I noticed an entourage of vehicles pull up. There was a large black Peugeot sedan, police cars, and a couple other cars.
Celebrity? Politician? President Macron?
No one else in the gate area seemed to care, but I closely watched as our aircraft finally landed and taxied to the gate.
Shortly thereafter, a man in a military uniform hopped out of one of the cards and proceeded up the stairs to the jet bridge. Another man in a suit, who appeared to be the driver of the black sedan, stepped out and nervously began dusting the exterior of the car.
The uniformed man returned along with a police officer and the VIP: blonde-haired woman smartly dressed in black jeans, a white blouse, white athletic shoes, and a white jacket with epaulets.
Four men followed behind her.
She was directed to the backseat of the Peugeot, where she sat down alone while a security guard and driver sat in the front. The other men climbed into the cars behind her.
The man in uniform (what branch?) watched as she drove away.
And that was that.
I looked up the top French government officials and did not see an exact match, though perhaps it was Barbara Pompili, the Minister for the Ecological Transition or Bérangère Abba, the Secretary of State for Biodiversity? Is there a big government office in Mulhouse? But the mask makes it difficult to tell and I must admit, I’m not up on French politics beyond what I hear on BBC or NPR.
So who can shed light on who I saw?