The French Spy Machine

826 pages

Published Aug. 21, 2019


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The French intelligence service DGSE is recognized today as one of the most aggressive in the world. Once described by one of its former senior executives as "a little North Korea," it has also made a sinister reputation for itself for its readiness to kill, including its own. But it is lesser known for the secret war it wages against the United States since the end of the Cold War, and its obsession with domestic espionage spurred by a fear of Muslim terrorism and pervading American-style capitalism. On April 2000, French weekly Courrier international published the last words of ex-French President Francois Mitterrand, and between others he avowed for the first time, “France does not know it, but we are at war against the United States. A permanent economic war; a war without dead.”

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