Intelligence services seek accountability
The question of parliamentary control over France’s intelligence services has become a presidential campaign issue. [...]
The DGSE (Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure) is France’s external intelligence service. Operating all over the world, the agents of its operations department, or DO, and intelligence department, DR, have distinguished themselves recently in Africa and the Middle East. The service’s technical department, or DT, is France’s dedicated interceptions service, like Britain’s GCHQ or the NSA in the US.
French intelligence officials are bracing themselves for change if, as anticipated, François Hollande succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as France's leader in the upcoming presidential election. The French Socialists have not gone public about their intentions for the sector. However, behind the [...]
The kidnapping last month of two French geologists in Mali and the breakdown in negotiations with Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants who are holding four other French nationals has turned the hostage crisis into a spiralling drama. While the DGSE, France's [...]