France's Garriaud-Maylam travels bumpy road to NATO parliamentary assembly leadership
French right-wing Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam has been elected to head the NATO parliamentary assembly this week, despite efforts to thwart her ambitions.
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Gabriel Vlase was appointed head of the SIE foreign intelligence service in the summer of 2018. He has since then focused on the threat from Russia, whereas Romania's intelligence services had been centered on counter-terrorism until 2014.
France is still struggling to find its footing within NATO, which has been pushed back into the limelight since the renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In addition, the French senate is wary of the connections one of its potential candidates to NATO, Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam, has in Moscow.