Macron directs spies to economic intelligence

If the Head of State has repeatedly shown his interest in services, in particular economic intelligence and counter-interference, he has not started a real revolution.

Emmanuel Macron

This July 13, 2017, the presence in the courtyard of the Invalides of Bernard Émié and Pierre Bousquet de Florian alongside Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, who came to celebrate the French National Day, did not go unnoticed. Appointed respectively director of the DGSE and national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism (CNRLT) a month earlier, these men in the shadows were invited to take a little light. “This choice was not trivial, observes a former agent of the DGSE. Macron wanted to get the message across that he was counting on the services. It was appreciated ”.

It must be said that the Head of State, an assiduous reader of the summary of a CNRLT page which falls every day around 6 p.m. on his desk, but also attentive to blue (DGSI) or yellow (DGSE) notes, is an intelligence fan. As early as the presidential campaign, he was committed to broadening the skills of the CNRLT, which acts as an entry point to the Elysee Palace, to make it an “anti-Daesh task force”, which has been the case. He continued the effort initiated by François Hollande in terms of staffing and improved coordination by appointing the former boss of the DGSI, Laurent Nunez, as Secretary of State for the Interior. A great first. The latter being replaced in Levallois (headquarters of the DGSI) by Nicolas Lerner, from the same promotion at ENA as the Head of State, and former deputy director of the cabinet of Gérard Collomb place Beauvau. The national intelligence strategy was formalized in a 13-page document in July 2019, which contrasts with the starving four-page document issued by its predecessor.