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French universities. The academy also plans to create an annual prize for academic work of benefit to the intelligence services.
There is also a proposal to establish an entrance examination for people seeking posts as analysts in France’s intelligence agencies.
Francois Chambon, the academy’s director, said: ‘‘Not only do agents need to know about subjects like law, political science and history, they also need to be familiar with cognitive sciences like anthropology and social sciences.’’
He said French secret services were also seeking to develop the sort of links with academia that Britain’s MI5 and MI6 have long had with Oxford, Cambridge and other British universities.
Jean-dominique Merchet, a journalist specialising in intelligence issues, quoted an official as saying that French spies needed to emerge from their ‘‘closed culture’’ to draw upon academic talents if they were to be effective in preventing crime. – The Times