The Guest – Jean-François Clair: “When the Wall fell, we no longer had any enemies” – France


“We wanted to trace this important, sensitive, uncertain period and the work we did during this entire period. »

“The service (1) was created in November 1944 and it was necessary to deal with the aftermath of the war and the occupation. We had to deal with thousands of denunciations, files to dig into and elucidate, collaborations with German occupiers. »

“After this period which lasted until 1947, we were forced to face priority security checks and that was the Algerian war. So from 1954 to 1962, the majority of our work was on security in relation to the Algerian war. »

“The first concern of General de Gaulle and his entourage at the end of the war is that the Communist Party does not take power. When de Gaulle returned in 1958, he wanted a fairly balanced, fairly independent policy. Indeed, it involved relations with the Soviets. »

“When the Berlin Wall fell, we said: ‘But what are we going to do, we, the counterintelligence services, since we no longer have an enemy?'”

“France was a forerunner. From the beginning of the 1990s, when the Algerian electoral process was stopped and terrorism began to emerge with the GIA (armed Islamist group), we knew full well that it was going to happen in France. We cannot say that we were taken aback, we had the beginnings. If we look at the results, they were quite telling. »

(1) The DST was merged with the RG (General Intelligence) to form the DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security)


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