Bernard Squarcini was head of the French Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (English: General Directorate for Internal Security) from 2 July 2008 to 30 May 2012. He was in charge of counterterrorism intelligence in Corsica, Basque Country and against radical Islam. In 2012 he created his company Kyrnos Conseil where he acts as an independent consultant.
Bernard Squarcini holds a masters in law and a diploma in criminology.
In 1983, he was an aide to the regional director of General Intelligence in Corsica.
In 1988, he was the General Intelligence departmental director for the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region.
In 1989, he became head of the investigations and research division of the Direction centrale des renseignements généraux (DCRG; English: Central Directorate of General Intelligence). In 1993, he was appointed deputy director of Research at DCRG and the position of Deputy Central Director of General Intelligence in 1994 under the management of Yves Bertrand.
In February 2004 he was appointed deputy prefect for security and defence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
Intelligence and counterterrorism
On 27 June 2007, the Council of Ministers appointed Bernard Squarcini head of the Direction de la surveillance du territoire (DST; English: Directorate of Territorial Surveillance) in replacement of Pierre de Bousquet de Florian.
On 1 July 2008 the DST and the DCRG merged, becoming the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI; English: General Directorate for Internal Security). Bernard Squarcini assumed its leadership on 2 July 2008.
On 30 May 2012 he was replaced by his former deputy, Patrick Calvar, and became prefect.
He left the police force on 28 February 2013 and created his company Kyrnos Conseil. In June 2013 he became Senior Advisor to the Chairman at Arcanum Global, an intelligence company. He is currently President of Arcanum France, the company’s European branch.
In November 2013, Squarcini published Renseignements français : nouveaux enjeux along with Etienne Pellot, in which he described his vision for a reform of the French intelligence services and a law to structure the intelligence activity, as well as measures to fight against radical Islam.
- Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour (France)
- Commander of the National Order of Merit (France)
- Grand Cross of Civil Merit (Spain)
- Silver Medal of Merit of the Guardia Civil (Spain)
- Police Cross of Merit (Spain)
- Grand Cross of Isabel the Catholic (Spain)
- Grand Officer of the Italian Order of Merit (Italy)
- Squarcini, Bernard; Pellot, Étienne (15 November 2013). Renseignement français: nouveaux enjeux. Ellipses Marketing. ISBN 978-2-7298-8338-6.
- Squarcini: «Trop haut trop vite, trop corse», Corse Matin, 26 May 2014
- Bernard Squarcini, l'atout antiterroriste de Sarkozy, Le Figaro, June 27, 2007
- Portrait : Bernard Squarcini, Nouvel Obs, 27 June 2007
- Bernard Squarcini à la tête de la DST, Nouvel Obs, 27 June 2007
- (French)>Décret de nomination du 2 juillet 2008
- « Valls remplace le trio de tête de la hiérarchie policière », Le Monde, 30 May 2012
- Bernard Squarcini livre sa vision du renseignement français, Parlons Info, 12 February 2014
- Audrey Goutard,Mémoires du Squale, Blog France TV Info, 23 November 2013