Tuesday, July 5, 2016

French Inquiry Recommends A Major Overhaul Of France's Intelligence Services

New York Times: French Inquiry Urges Changes to Intelligence Services in Light of Failures

PARIS — A parliamentary inquiry in France has urged the authorities to overhaul the intelligence services by creating a unified structure, after identifying multiple failures before the two devastating terrorist attacks that struck the country in 2015, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

At a news conference in Paris, the lawmakers who took part in the inquiry called on the French authorities to replace the overlapping and sometimes competing agencies. The committee that conducted the inquiry laid out 40 proposals to address the failures, including the merging of several French intelligence services and the creation of a shared antiterrorism database.

The inquiry was prompted largely by attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere in the Paris area in January that left 17 people dead, and by a coordinated series of assaults in and around the city in November in which Islamic State militants killed 130 people.

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French Parliamentary Inquiry Recommends A Major Overhaul Of France's Intelligence Services

Paris attacks: Call to overhaul French intelligence services -- BBC
France urged to shake up counterterrorism services - inquiry -- Reuters
Paris attacks findings: gross intel failure, police rivalry -- AP
Paris attacks inquiry finds multiple failings by French intelligence agencies -- The Guardian
France Presses for Intelligence Overhauls in Wake of Attacks -- WSJ
French inquiry suggests intelligence overhaul following deadly Paris attack -- UPI
France to shake up intelligence services following Paris failures -- Euronews
French inquiry recommends major intelligence overhaul after Paris attacks -- DW
Overhaul of French intelligence system recommended -- RTE
France needs intelligence overhaul after attacks: inquiry -- The Local
Terror attacks in France a global intel failure – parliamentary inquiry -- RT
France wants a better intelligence structure. But how would it actually work? -- James McAuley, Washington Post

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