New Tie-Up Between Spies and Diplomats
France's foreign ministry has put its relations with the intelligence agencies on a formal footing. Reforms at the Quai d'Orsay [...]
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 president Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a meeting of the Conseil National du Renseignement (CNR, National Intelligence Council) to examine the attack carried out by Islamic terrorists in Mumbai. The French government was clearly shaken by the terrorist assault. [...]