ESL & Network
ESL & Network, the corporate intelligence, lobbying and intermediation firm [...]
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.
President Francois 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 [...]
Since Francois Hollande’s election as French president, the Elysee Palace no longer has someone in overall charge of handing hostage crisis resolution. Benoit Puga used to be in this position when he was Nicolas Sarkozy’s private military chief of staff [...]