Friday, 14 May, 2021

DGSE, reconversions in the private sector… The tribulations of French spies in Africa


Between internal quarrels between the various state services and ever fiercer foreign competition, Antoine Glaser and Thomas Hofnung accurately describe the evolution of French espionage on the African continent in Our dear spies in Africa (Fayard).

Book cover

In Arrogant like a French in Africa (published by Fayard in 2016), the journalist and writer, Antoine Glaser, had crushed the habits and customs of our political and economic decision-makers on the African continent. Two years later, it is in the murky waters of the French intelligence services, but also foreign, that this specialist of the “Françafrique” plunges with Our dear spies in Africa*, a book he co-signed with Thomas Hofnung (specialist in Africa through Release, today at The Conversation). The two men who carried out a meticulous investigation for two years lift the veil on the actions of these spies, some of whom have converted to private security, and shed light on the various bell towers quarrels between the State services .

At the heart of the book: we find prominently the General Directorate of External Security (DGSE), the foreign intelligence service of France, which inspired Canal’s successful series, “Le“ Bureau des Légendes ”.

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