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The Hunt for Nazi SpiesFighting Espionage in Vichy France$
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Simon Kitson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226438931

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226438955.001.0001

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Everyday Counterespionage

Everyday Counterespionage

(p.87) 5 Everyday Counterespionage
The Hunt for Nazi Spies
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the scope of the counterespionage activities of Vichy France. It explains that counterespionage does not limit itself to cracking down on enemy espionage, it also has to prevent leaks and counteract propaganda. According to Lieutenant Colonel Schlesser, former head of the French counterespionage, the agent's mission would be threefold: counterespionage, surveillance of antinational activities in collaboration with the police, and promoting national feeling. The training in counterespionage was intensified in the military units in the nonoccupied territories to undermine inadvertent leaks to German intelligence.

Keywords:   counterespionage, Vichy France, Schlesser, antinational activities, national feeling, German intelligence

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