“René Bailly — nicknamed “Fox-Terrier” because of his tenacity — has been the boss of the Paris Police Intelligence Service [Direction du Renseignement de la préfecture de Police de Paris (DRPP)] since May 2009. René Bailly will retire on April 17 2017.”
INTEL TODAY — February 17, 2017
Françoise Bilancini succeeds to René Bailly as the new boss of the Paris Police Intelligence Service [Direction du Renseignement de la préfecture de Police de Paris (DRPP)]. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
In a recent post, I told you that 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.
[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.]
Bilancini becomes the first woman ever to lead a French Intelligence Agency. Her new job begins today. (April 17, 2017) In these very trouble times, we sincerely wish her the very best. Her life is not going to be easy. Terrorism and illegal immigration will be high on her priority list. But a scandal — regarding the existence of a “Cabinet noir” — could very well surface in the near future.
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Bernard Bajolet (DGSE), Patrick Calvar (DGSI), and Christophe Gomart (DRM) will retire in the next few weeks. Without a doubt, choosing their successors will be one of the highest priority of the next French President.
About 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 has retired on April 17 2017.
About the DRPP
France has six ‘main’ intelligence agencies as well as several smaller ones such as the “Direction du Renseignement de la préfecture de Police de Paris” (DRPP), which is an Intelligence Agency dedicated to Paris.
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The DRPP [Paris Police Intelligence Service] is truly an oddity, known as the “Paris exception”. Nevertheless, this agency has managed to survive two recent major re-organizations, namely the 2008 merging of the DST [English: Directorate of Territorial Surveillance] and the DCRG [Central Directorate of General Intelligence] into the DCRI [Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (French: Direction centrale du renseignement intérieur, DCRI)], and the following transformation of the DCRI into the current DGSI [General Directorate for Internal Security (French: Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure, DGSI)] in 2014.
The retirement of René Bailly had reopened the debate about the usefulness of the “Paris exception”, but obviously, it has been decided not to merge the DRPP with the DGSI, at least not until the study of a much larger reorganization has been completed. (This could include the creation of a SIGINT Agency similar to the NSA and GCHQ. SIGINT operations are currently conducted by the Technical Division of the DGSE.)
Moreover, since the 2015 Paris attacks, the service is actually thriving. Its workforce is expected to grow significantly in the near future.
Françoise Bilancini nommée directrice du renseignement de la préfecture de police de Paris – Le Monde
Décret du 30 mars 2017 portant nomination d’une directrice des services actifs de police de la préfecture de police – Mme BILANCINI (Françoise)
Par décret du Président de la République en date du 30 mars 2017, Mme Françoise BILANCINI, contrôleuse générale des services actifs de la police nationale, est nommée directrice des services actifs de police de la préfecture de police, directrice du renseignement à compter du 17 avril 2017.
FRANCE — Françoise Bilancini to succeed René Bailly as DRPP Boss