Bernard Squarcini

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Bernard Squarcini is a French intelligence official and security consultant. He was born on 12 December 1955 in Rabat, Morocco. He was the youngest Inspector General of Police.

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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bernard Squarcini holds a masters in law and a diploma in criminology.[2]


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.[3]

Yvan Colonna[edit]

Squarcini was instrumental in the 2003 arrest of Yvan Colonna, the alleged murderer of prefect Claude Érignac.

In February 2004 he was appointed deputy prefect for security and defence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Intelligence and counterterrorism[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

On 30 May 2012 he was replaced by his former deputy, Patrick Calvar, and became prefect.[6]

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.[7][8]