“Abdelhamid Abaaoud [a Belgian-Moroccan killed by police five days after the November 13 atrocities] was only a go-between, not a senior figure. We know the mastermind [of the Paris Attacks] but I will remain discreet on this point.”
DGSE Director Bernard Bajolet
Four French Intel Agency Directors are about to retire just when the country is preparing to elect a new President amid a series of serious political scandals. That is a lot of uncertainty on the horizon… Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
Bernard Bajolet (DGSE), Patrick Calvar (DGSI), René Bailly (DRPP) and Christophe Gomart (DRM) are all going to retire in the space of a few weeks. Without a doubt, choosing their successors will be one of the highest priority of the next French President.
NOTE: The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held on 23 April 2017. Should no candidate win a majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May 2017.
Bernard Bajolet (DGSE)
Bernard Bajolet (born 21 May 1949) is a French diplomat. On April 10, 2013, he was appointed as Head of the French secret service, the Directorate-General for External Security (Direction générale des services extérieurs).
Bernard Bajolet must legally retire on May 21 2017.
Patrick Calvar (DGSI)
Patrick Calvar (born 26 November 1955) has been head of the French General Directorate for Internal Security since 30 May 2012.
Patrick Calvar must legally retire on May 15 2017.
René Bailly (DRPP)
René Bailly — nicknamed “Fox-Terrier” because of his tenacity — has been the boss of the Direction du Renseignement de la préfecture de Police de Paris (DRPP) since May 2009.
René Bailly will retire on April 17 2017.
Christophe Gomart (DRM)
The Direction du renseignement militaire (DRM) (English:Directorate of Military Intelligence) is a French intelligence agency that has the task of collecting and centralizing information for the French Armed Forces.
Created in 1992, its role is similar to that of the DIA (United States), the DI (United Kingdom) or the GRU (Russian Federation). The DRM reports directly to the Chief of Staff and to the President of France, supreme commander of the French military.
General Christophe Gomart, who is the current director of the DRM, has also announced his retirement.
Intel Today will inform you about their successors as soon as they are known. And — of course — we will try to guess who they may be… Stay tuned!