The return of the Cold War between French and Russian secret services

By and Jacques Massey

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The scene was not Checkpont Charlie nor did the events take place on a glacial Berlin night. Yet there was more than a whiff of the Cold War about them. In Paris on December 20th, 2017, patrolling officers from the police's Brigade Anticriminalité (BAC) unit thought they had surprised a drugs deal when they spotted a man handing an envelope to another man. The officers stopped and questioned both men.