Bernard Squarcini, born on 12 December 1955 in Rabat, Morocco, is the current head of the Direction centrale du renseignement intrieur (DCRI), France's counter-espionage and counter-terrorism Intelligence agency.Squarcini entered the police in 1979. In 1981, he was made head of the local branch of the Direction centrale des renseignements gnraux (RG) in Brest. By 1993, he was second in command of the RG on the national level. In 2008, he was made head of the Direction de la surveillance du territoire (DST), then of the DCRI when the latter was created by the merger of the DST and the RG..
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The head of France's secret services and a close ally of President Nicolas Sarkozy has been put under investigation accused of spying on a journalist. Bernard Squarcini, the head of the Direction Central du Renseignement Inte'rieur – the French equivalent of MI5 – allegedly obtained the Le Monde reporter's telephone records to uncover a mole feeding the newspaper information about a political scandal.
PARIS — The head of France's DCRI counterespionage agency was handed preliminary charges Monday in a probe into allegations of spying on journalists at the daily "Le Monde," his attorney said.
President Nicolas Sarkozy personally supervises a team of security agents which spies on troublesome French journalists, it was claimed Wednesday. The claim - dismissed by the Elysee Palace as "utterly ridiculous" - follows a high-profile law suit brought in September by France's most prestigious newspaper and a series of burglaries in recent weeks at the homes or offices of investigative reporters.
French newspaper claims that domestic intelligence agency broke law by investigating sources of leaks in Bettencourt affair.