Espionage: Crackdown on Spies

France humiliates Moscow by expelling 47 Soviet officials

It was the sheer boldness of the decision that shocked Moscow, delighted Western capitals and dramatized the dimensions of the Soviet espionage effort in Western Europe. More than three months ago, French President François Mitterrand had been given a report by his Interior Ministry on the intensifying activities of the Soviet spy network in France. Mitterrand could have responded like his predecessor, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, with traditional French diplomatic discretion, by quietly declaring a few of the more fla grant Soviet offenders personae non...

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