Nicolas Lerner will substitute Bernard Emié as head of international intelligence | EUROtoday

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Nicolas Lerner arrives to attend the ceremony presenting New Year's greetings to the French gendarmerie at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, January 16, 2023.

The head of state has made his selection. According to data from World, it’s certainly Nicolas Lerner, the present boss of the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI), who should substitute the Director General of External Security (DGSE), Bernard Emié. A call which was to be ratified through the Council of Ministers, Wednesday December 20, as advised, since December 19, the e-newsletter Intelligence Online.

Bernard Emié, 65, had been working on the DGSE since 2017, a very lengthy mandate on the head of the “box”. Nicolas Lerner, 45, from the corps of prefects, has been on the head of the DGSI since 2018. Mr. Lerner comes from the identical promotion of the ENA because the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron.

Initially, the small intelligence group thought-about that it may be wiser to keep away from any motion on the head of the 2 fundamental French intelligence providers till the Olympic Games, the place safety points promise to be significantly delicate. But the buildup of disappointments for the DGSE during the last two years, within the Sahel or on the Ukrainian difficulty, in a global context in full upheaval, ended up getting the higher of Mr. Emié’s longevity.

The newest uncertainties concern the precise date when Nicolas Lerner takes workplace, who will, as soon as in workplace, be the youngest head within the historical past of the DGSE, as he had already been the youngest boss of the DGSI, throughout his appointment, at simply 40 years previous.