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New Storm Hits French Spy Agency Greenpeace Ship Sinking Touches Off Latest Controversy
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Sep 7, 1985
Start Page: 17
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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In the aftermath of the latest scandal, Premier Laurent Fabius has decided to take a hesitant step backward. Complaining that the government's control over the intelligence agency "does not seem satisfactory to me," Fabius ordered the minister of defense from now on to make annual reports to Parliament detailing the agency's intelligence activities.

According to [Bernard Tricot], the two French intelligence agents now held in New Zealand had been sent there to spy on Greenpeace and find out whatever they could about the environmental organization's planned protest of nuclear testing in the French South Pacific atoll of Mururoa. Three other agents, who returned to France before the New Zealand police could arrest them, had been assigned to take a sailboat around New Zealand to spy on Greenpeace and analyze whether it would make sense for a ship run by French agents to someday infiltrate a Greenpeace protest flotilla.

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