external intelligence agency, which replaced the SDECE (the Service de
Documentation ExtÃ©rieure et de Contre-Espionnage) on April 2, 1982. The DGSE
gathers information related to spies, counterespionage, and counterterrorism.
With headquarters in Paris, France, the DGSE has the following divisions, each
with various responsibilities regarding external intelligence: Direction of
Administration (responsible for administrative duties), Direction of Strategy,
Direction of Intelligence,
Technical Division (responsible for e-intelligence and e-devices); the
Operation Division (responsible for clandestine operations such as the
destruction or theft of important data, homicides, or abductions); and the
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