Special Forces come closer to intelligence service
In one of the consequences of the DCRI's mutation into [...]
The COS (Commandement des Operations Speciales), France’s special operations command, has authority over all of the French forces’ Special Forces units. Based on the model of the USSOCOM, the COS reports directly to the chief of defence staff and often operates under the orders of the French president. It is frequently in competition with the DGSE’s Service Action on clandestine operations.
One of recently-appointed new French military intelligence chief General Pierre de Villiers' major tasks is to reform military intelligence within the armed forces, an area whose weaknesses came to light during France's Operations Serval and Harmattan in Mali and Libya. [...]
President François Hollande has been discreetly consulting an array of sources to advise the government on finishing the French intelligence reform that was set in motion by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy. The mission statement the president gave to the defence [...]