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“We Live In A State Of The Unspoken”: French Intelligence Services Confide The U.S Is The Foreign Power That “Most Threatens” The “Economic Interests” Of France

According to a new research survey published by France’s École de Guerre Économique (School of Economic Warfare), 97 percent of French intelligence specialists, including high-ranking members of France’s intelligence services, consider the United States to be the foreign power that “threatens the most” the “economic interests” of France.

The findings are published in the new book, “Guerre Économique: qui est l’ennemi? (Economic War: Who Is The Enemy?), which is the first annual publication of the annual bool Guerre Économique (Economic Warfare) Economic War by the new Research Center 451. The Center is linked to School of Economic Warfare in Paris.

Conducted in July 2022, the survey asked respondents the question: “According to you, who are the five foreign powers that threatens the most the economic interests of France?”

The survey asked, “According to you, who are the five foreign powers that threatens the most the economic interests of France?”

The survey was done for research that sought to answer the question, “What will become of France in an increasingly exacerbated context of economic war?”

In an interview with the magazine Portal de L’Intelligence Économique, the book’s lead-author, Christian Harbulot described economic warfare “as a decisive element of global warfare”, adding “The Ukrainian case is the most telling recent example.”

Harbulot, who is also the director of the School of Economic Warfare, emphasized the importance of “producing useful knowledge as close as possible to the reality of economic confrontations”, which he said is the main objective of the new Research Centre 451.

Christian Harbulot, the lead author of the new book, “Guerre Économique: qui est l’ennemi? (”Economic War: Who Is The Enemy?”

Harbulot explains the France and most members of the European Union have “lived in a state of the unspoken,” since the end of the Second World War. The “unspoken” refers to “economic war between allied countries.”

According to Harbulot, the problem comes from the fear in France at the end of the war that Communists would take power. This led France “to place our security in the hands of the United States of America, in particular by calling for the establishment of permanent military bases in France.” In turn, this meant paying the big price of putting France “in a state of global dependence” on the U.S.

“It goes without saying that everything has its price, and in this case, the compensation for this aid from across the Atlantic was to make us enter into a state of global dependence (monetary, financial, technological) with regard to United States of America,” Harbulot said.

He says, since Charles De Gaulle, all French Presidents have adapted to the U.S constraint, pointing to the sale of Alstom to General Electric and the cancellation of the “century” contract for submarines destined for Australia as recent stark examples that France’s dependence on the US still has a significant cost for the French economy.

Asked about Europe, Harbulot says Brussels has little capacity to anticipate problems in its relations with foreign powers:

“Europe only gets into strategy when they’re in the corner of the ring with fifteen knife blades pointed at their chest. In general, the anticipation strategy is non-existent in Brussels.”

Regarding its relations with Washington, Europe has not been able to translate its economic power, notably, its 150 billions euros trade surplus with the United States into strategic autonomy.

“Let us remain lucid, the European Union still lives under very strong geopolitical and military pressure from the United States of America,” he said.

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