Franco-German intelligence cooperation and the internationalization of the Algerian war of independence (1954-62)

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Abstract

Between 1958 and 1960, the French domestic security and intelligence services came to establish a close, multi-layered, and secret working relationship with their German counterparts. The purpose of this collaborative arrangement was to enlist German support in combating the subversive activities of the Algerian Front de Libération Nationale, whose members had taken refuge in Germany. In particular, the metropolitan authorities sought to impose on their German counterparts some of the same methods of colonial policing and intelligence that characterized their own counter-insurgency in France. These efforts proved counter-productive, however, for in internationalizing the Algerian war, they drew public attention to the colonial nature of France's hold over Algeria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397
Number of pages419
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2013

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