A specialist gives explanations during a stage at Bluecyforce office in Paris on July 4, 2017. AFP / ERIC PIERMONT
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France's foreign intelligence service is bolstering recruitment to counter Islamist militants and cyber criminals, but it is looking for computer wizards and linguists, not would-be James Bonds. Top of the vacancy list at France's Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure, the equivalent of America's CIA or Britain's MI6, are posts for young information technology gurus and linguists who master the finer points of Russian, Chinese or Farsi, widely used in Iran and Afghanistan.Ironically, the focus on young communications and technology wizards, the supergeeks Moreau spoke of, is not totally new.Finding new-era intelligence services personnel is not the behind-the-scenes affair it used to be but one where recruiters scout for talent just like the rest, Moreau said.
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