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Old 12-29-2010   #1
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PARIS There's no French James Bond. But a new push may set the stage for one.

France's secretive international spy agency, the DGSE, is recruiting hundreds of people and getting a budget boost, despite frugal times, to better fend off threats like terrorism and nuclear proliferation. France's answer to the CIA is buffing its image as well, with its first-ever spokesman and a new website.
The move follows hostage-takings abroad, bomb scares at the Eiffel Tower and fallout from WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

France is also set to ban face-covering Islamic veils, which has roiled Muslim extremists around the world and drawn threats from Al-Qaida.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_france...JhbmNlc3NweXNl
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France's foreign intelligence service DGSE has announced that it was able to get proof that its spy who has been kept hostage in Somalia is alive.

Named Denis Allex, the spy was kidnapped and taken hostage in 2009 by an Islamist separatist group. Hope appeared when he was able to send reply to a personal question sent to him by the agency.

They were doing so just to check whether he is alive or not. Sources who gave this news said that while no details have been given by the captors about his well being, they are sure that the person is still alive and in his senses.

No further details were revealed. However, the source informed that negotiations are still going on.
http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/1027...-alive-somalia
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