Jean-Yves Le Drian
Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French defence minister, accepted the explanations [...]
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.
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 [...]
Since François 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 [...]
Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria having achieved nothing, in recent months Western nations have dropped hints that they are providing unofficial support to the opposition forces fighting Bashar Al Assad’s regime. However, despite the talk, only very [...]