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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221240281
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 384
Size : 1 x 215 mm
Novelty
The History of the French Secret Service

Release date : 07/11/2019
For the first time, an in-depth look at France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) that takes us behind the scenes of the famous Bureau.
In charge of external intelligence for France, the DGSE, or France’s "special services" as it is sometimes called, was created in 1982 right before the Rainbow Warrior scandal, but much has changed since then. They are "special," in their unique specificity: on the orders of the President of the Republic,... In charge of external intelligence for France, the DGSE, or France’s "special services" as it is sometimes called, was created in 1982 right before the Rainbow Warrior scandal, but much has changed since then. They are "special," in their unique specificity: on the orders of the President of the Republic, their actions are clandestine. Meaning that France cannot claim responsibility for them and their actions are carried out unbeknownst to the whole planet, without any uniforms or marks of affiliation.

This book hopes to reveal, for the first time, how the DGSE has become a fully-fledged government agency, all while remaining entirely separate. Their secrecy remains necessary and protected. But the way in is very clear, and on numerous levels. It’s a sizable paradox: no one, including its directors and its representatives at the top of the state apparatus, can talk about the DGSE without mentioning the hit television series The Bureau. It’s a first for the DGSE. This book sheds light on the truth behind the series and introduces new elements, including the way in which the DGSE is viewed by those within the agency.

From targeted assassinations to the growing infiltration of foreign agencies (especially the Russians and the Chinese), from behind the scenes of the Bureau to secret operations in Africa—an impressive number of previously unreleased stories are finally told in this book. The daily life of a secret agent is also revealed: how to fit in at the Bureau, how to juggle several fake identities, and much more…

However, the Bureau’s failures continue to stir up anger. The DGSE is paid to anticipate the direction in which the world is headed and inform state authorities in advance, but they haven’t always met the mark. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the election of Donald Trump, the list of its absences is striking and goes way back. Now, in Libya, the situation is still unclear. France couldn’t choose a side and now has two irons in the fire: the DGSE’s Action Division is fighting alongside Egypt and the Emirates with the dissident Haftar, while the diplomats of Quai d’Orsay claim to support the recognized government of Fayez el-Sarraj…
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EAN : 9782221240281
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 384
Size : 1 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont