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Very interesting. Now I am no longer sure about the quality of the French intelligence which Frederick Forsyth elevated into a myth.

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Tue May 2nd, 2006 at 11:38:18 AM EST
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But you know the whole thing was so theatrical that I think they had planned it this way on purpose. The DST guy for example, looked exactly like a street cop, talked rough (in fact as he walked in his said: "CAN YOU HEAR ME IN THE BACK? GOOD BECAUSE AT THE DST WE DON'T LIKE TO SPEAK INTO MICROPHONES" ... ps: I'm putting this uppercase as the guy was screaming all the time, and he stood up all along). while the DGSE guy waltzed in with a very smart looking suit, talked mysteriously and ambiguously, sitting cross-legged, sipping water calmly ... you could almost hear the James Bond music in the background.

The worst part was when they played a "find the camera game". We were in an amphitheater. They had placed a camera somewhere and all of us had to guess where it was (while staying in our seats).

To help us do this, they plugged in a TV that was showing the camera's footage. And of course, of all people, the camera was filming me (which is not so suprising as everyone else was wearing a suit and tie, while I was in casual wear and had died my hair orange, and was sitting next to this hippie-looking girl who had volunteered (!) to do her national service. nb: it was only compulsory for men. she was going to Morroco.)

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue May 2nd, 2006 at 11:53:00 AM EST
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Sorry I forgot to explain what I meant by "they had planned it this way". By showing a mean-talking son-of-a-bitch DST (internal affairs) guy, in contrast to this elegant, mysterious, DGSE (external affairs) guy, they were most probably eliciting sympathy for the foreign secret service.
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue May 2nd, 2006 at 12:00:09 PM EST
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while I was in casual wear and had died my hair orange

You are my new hero.

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire

by marco on Tue May 2nd, 2006 at 09:45:07 PM EST
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