Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Yves Bertrand: Ex-Intelligence Boss Found Dead

The former boss of a French domestic intelligence agency who once described himself as a "minesweeper of the republic" has been found dead in his Paris home, according to reports.

Yves Bertrand was director of the Renseignements Generaux between 1992 and 2004 - the agency kept a watch on individuals or organisations that it believed could harm the state.

It was sometimes accused of being a "secret police" organ as it was run by the national police.

The 69-year-old was found dead on Monday in his apartment in the 8th district of Paris by the building caretaker who did not know the cause of Mr Bertrand's death, an anonymous source said.