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Bonnet, Yves. Contre-espionnage: Memoirs d'un patron de la DST. Paris: Calmann-Levy, 2000.

Born, Hans, and Marina Caparini, eds. Democratic Control of Intelligence Services: Containing Rogue Elephants. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007.

According to Peake, Studies 52.1 (Mar. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), four Western (France, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and five former Soviet bloc (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania) countries are discussed; there are also articles discussing "the fundamental principles of oversight." Although this work "looks closely at what has been and what needs to be done, it does not address the practical problem of the qualifications of those doing the oversight."

Brodeur, Jean-Paul, Peter Gill, and Dennis Töllborg, eds. Democracy, Law and Security:  Internal Security Services in Contemporary Europe.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 2003. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

Peake, Studies 47.3 (2003), notes that this work is "drawn from papers presented at two symposia in Gothenburg, Sweden, that compare intelligence services in 10 countries:  Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  The various chapters look at historical, organizational, and political differences.... In most cases, very little has been published in English about the services discussed, and that enhances the book's importance.  For students of intelligence, and especially counterintelligence, this is a very worthwhile contribution."

For Henderson, IJI&C 17.3, this work "provides useful background reference material on several less well-known European domestic security systems." However, "the index and biblography ... are generally weak"; and the "collection lacks, except for Spain, organizational charts for the various national communities and individual services."

Bruneau, Thomas C., and Steven C. Boraz, eds. Reforming Intelligence: Obstacles to Democratic Control and Effectiveness. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2007.

According to Peake, Studies 52.1 (Mar. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), this book's 13 chapters include "studies that discuss democratic control and effectiveness in three Western nations -- the United States, the United Kingdom, and France -- and seven new democracies -- Brazil, Taiwan, Argentina, Romania, South Africa, Russia, and the Philippines." Reforming Intelligence "is well documented, well written, and should serve as a foundation for studying this persistent problem."

Reddig, NIPQ 23.4 (Sep. 2007), calls this a "useful and thought provoking compendium of case studies," dealing with "the challenge of maintaining an intelligence establishment in a democratic framework." For Skarstedt, NIJ 1.1 (2009), "[a]ll of the authors provide outstanding analysis of their various subjects, and this book is a comprehensive study of intelligence reform and its problems. The commoin theme shared by all of the authors is that intelligence must be closely controlled."

Charret, Alain. Écoutes radioélectriques et renseignement. [Radioelectric Interception and Intelligence] Paris: L'Harmattan, 2006.

Kahn, I&NS 23.2 (Apr. 2008), notes that the author is "a former sigint specialist in the French air force" who "gives some details about interception in the first Gulf War and deals with 11 September 2001."

Cogan, Charles. "American-French Intelligence Relations and the French Nuclear Deterrent." Journal of Intelligence History 3, no. 1 (Summer 2003). [http://www.intelligence-history.org/ jih/previous.html]

From abstract: "The difficulty in U.S.-French relations stems from the period of World War II.... [B]oth out of power considerations and security concerns, the U.S. in the postwar did not treat France as an equal, and particularly not on a par with Great Britain.... With de Gaulle's departure from NATO's integrated command (1966) and with the emergence of France's nuclear force de frappe, American-French tensions over nuclear issues diminished."

Cogan, Charles. "Une vision américaine du renseignement française." In Le renseignement à la française, ed. Pierre Lacoste, 579-594. Paris: Economica, 1998.

Deacon, Richard [Donald McCormick]. The French Secret Service. London: Grafton, 1990.

Desmaretz, Gerard. Grand Livre de l'Espionnage -- Guide Pratique du Renseignement Clandestin. [Big Book of Espionage -- Practical Guide to Secret Intelligence.] Paris: Editions Chiron, 1999.

According to Intelligence, 8 Nov. 1999, "[t]his is a good basic book on espionage." Coverage includes "all aspects of spy 'tradecraft'" and "[t]he text is clean and non-technical."

Faligot, Roger, and Pascal Krop. Tr., W.D. Halls. La Piscine: The French Secret Services Since 1944. Oxford & New York: Basil Blackwell, 1989. La piscine. Les services secrets français 1944-1984. Paris: Seuil Paris, 1984.

 

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