FRANCE: The Listener

One after another, French governments came and went, but the shadowy figure of Roger Wybot stayed on, one of the few permanent fixtures of the Fourth Republic. A former leader of the French underground, Wybot had been made head of France's crack counterintelligence service in 1945 when he was only 33. Under him, the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire spread so far, wide and mysteriously that it was once described as "a gigantic spider web, in the middle of which waits Wybot, his pipe in his mouth, in his soundproof office on the Rue des Saussaies." Some said that...

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