French Commandos develop discreet intelligence circle
Much in demand in military operations in Iraq, Syria and the Sahel, French special operations command, or COS (Commandement des [...]
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.
France has lagged behind Russia, the US and Britain somewhat in cyber-influence, but the French armed forces ministry is bidding to change that by strengthening its online psychological operations capacities against terrorism and foreign interference. [...]
Two weeks before the failed coup to overthrow Gabon's President Ali Bongo, it emerged that a commando of former French soldiers were in the country. In the light of Gabonese concerns over the affair, the French authorities have launched a discreet investigation into the group. [...]