French propaganda: The current terrorist threat

Two years after the creation of the new secret police service, the 'DCRI', the director Squarcini shares his feelings with a journalist, by “exclusively revealing the current conditions of threats hanging over France”.

Analysis of the current resources of repression and the interview in Le Figaro, on June 29th.

Prevention- or how to arrest people before they have done anything

On June 29th, we learn about 3300 men and women work “to fight
terrorism”, attack on national security and on economical capital”.
The DCRI have been created on July 2008, by a fusion between the
DST (Direction of territory Surveillance) and the RG (General
Intelligence). Practically, information is shared between different
teams, and tend to bring justice and police, police and military
matters together.
When answering to the question “what is your conclusion after two
years of work”, the director informs us that the “must” of his
work, is to “investigate months long, even years, to prevent the
Indeed, the last arrests and anti-terrorist cases confirm this
position. Arresting people accusing them of an action they haven't
committed yet, is a strategy used to put pressure on them and to
isolate them.
Accusing people of terrorism is then a great excuse to imprison or
to sentence them to a judicial control, which means one is waiting
for an hypothetical trial in a cell, or one can not leave the
house. Preventing you from seeing your friends, forcing you to
work, and calling you at the police station to confirm your
attendance are basic ways to investigate about links, breaking
friendships, and dragging down any political will. A simple
definition to pacification.
He resumes: “If we intervene after the tragedy, it means we have
failed in the detection of the threat”.

But who are they?

After explaining the “djihadist threat” and all the cases he and
his team have supposedly foiled, the journalist comes to the
“extreme-link” interest.
According to police, the inner enemy is difficult to define. He
actually could be everywhere! In some articles, police and experts
talk about the “alternative” people, the “autonomous circle” or
“situationist circle”. Actually, anybody who strikes or
participates to a demonstration. Nothing clear in this definition.
In some other articles, they describe a 'movement', a 'community',
or an extremely organized group. Because there are not any specific
insurrectionist-armed-anti-state-action group,  the experts rather
talk about a circle of influence, a network: you are not in a
military group, but you know people who know people... And this
specific people, gathering around strikes, ideas, wills, blockades
and wishes- are preparing something. At one point we both agree: to
fight against the power will always be defined as violent, simply
because it's not in their interest. And this violence, this
resistance, when not denied, is considered as “terrorism”.
In one hand, terrorizing the population- with potential and
undefinable dangerous protagonists.
In the other hand, reassuring people, by creating a name for this
threat, and saying special forces control the situation.

Actually, where are they?

According to his investigations, this “UltraLeft fringe” is still
active, even after “Tarnac dragnet” (1).  They were obviously
visible in summits as in Strasbourg, Vichy or Poitiers (2).
Police defines these criminals according to the subjects they
fight: anti-jail, anti-nuclear, anti-security society.

We then learn they are people who follow the situation in Greece
very closely(3).
It's suspicious, and serious, because, the “riots in Greece [were]
followed with political murders”. Here we go again, with the ghost
of murders. When arresting people in France, police compared the
accused individuals and Action Directe group, known for their
actions in the 70's and 80's, specifying their “violence” because
of claimed murders.
What currently happens in Greece could apparently give to rebels in
France some ideas, and yes, it could threat the State here.

Who's next?

Since several months, these kind of articles are published before a
political decision, or a police raid, in order to justify them.
Even before the creation of the DCRI, general analysis has been
given to Michelle Alliot-Marie: “From the anti-cpe conflict to the
the constitution of an international preliminary-terrorist network:
regards on the French and European UltraLeft” (2008). In his last
interview, Squarcini gives several examples of alarm signs: actions
against the Penitentiary Administration, the Justice Ministry or
several actions against bank ATMs(4). Some marks to let us know
where he would hit.

“Logically, we deduce you are preparing fresh large-scale
operations, in a near future. Beware, Mr  Squarcini, you become
In Greece, it's not the anarchists who attempted to take over the
Parliament, but consistent strikers. You seem to think that by
pestering us with your justice and police, by exasperating number
of known activists on your files, you will push one or another to
any wacky or indefensible act; you will create in somebody's mind
the reasoning that, if one has to go to prison, one might as well
be imprisoned for something serious. And not for a sticker on an
ATM. Unfortunately, we are quite lucid on the situation, and nobody
of us yearns for the avant-garde sacrificial heroic role. The armed
existentialism of the 70's does not appeal to us very much, and we
know to be patient. Our presence only brings to light the deep
sickness hitting your social Order; you could try to annihilate us,
the sickness will stay- kept intact and, as fatal as it always has

From the  Open letter to M. Squarcini, published on Indymedia
Nantes, by the CCUG-UO (Central Committee of the Ultra-Organized
Ultra-Left) (5)


1 'Tarnac' case: name of the village considered of the center of a
'conspiring organization' linked to a called 'Comite Invisible'.
People were accused for rail sabotages on high-speed trains. This
raid was heavily related by the media.

2 NATO summit in Strasbourg, April 2009. European Immigration
summit in the so-known town Vichy, October 2008. Surprise
demonstration during Poitiers street-art festival, October 2009.

3 Article about French people traveling in Greece:
    In French, France info:
    Its analysis, in English:

4 About the alleged serial ATM and arrested people in Paris, on
February 15th and June 8th.

Several attacks on bank ATMs and collaborators of the deportation
machine have been attacked in solidarity with the Vincennes
Detention Center prisoners, facing a trial because accused of
burning down their prison in summer 2008. An outline of solidarity
actions and walks can be read here
    September 2009-January 2010:

5  Open letter to M. Squarcini, by the CCUG-UO, French :


More info
-The interview by Le Figaro:

- Brochure: The emergence of the Anarcho-Autonomes theory, English

-La prison a la maison [prison at home], French:

-Mauvaises intentions [bad intentions]: on the anti-terrorist cases
since 2008, and the emergence of the “anarcho-autonomes” state
theory. With press articles and letters from comrades.

-Poster- Who are the terrorists?


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