No, Mon­sieur Bond . . . I ex­pect you to study

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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

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