Claude Silberzahn (born March 18, 1935 in Mulhouse ; † April 18, 2020 in Simorre ) was Prefect of French Guiana and advisor to Laurent Fabius from 1982 to 1984 .
From March 23, 1989 to June 4, 1993 he was Director of the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DSGE). He rebuilt the DGSE after the end of the Cold War .
In 2011, in Liberation , he criticized the organization of the French secret services in view of the fact that the French secret services had not recognized the upheavals in Tunisia and other Arab countries.
From 2001 to 2014 he was mayor of Simorre.
- Claude Silberzahn, Jean Guisnel : Au cœur du secret. 1500 jours aux commandes de la DGSE (1989–1993) , Fayard, Paris 1995
- Décret du 23 mars 1989. March 23, 1989, accessed on April 14, 2013 (French).
- Claude Silberzahn: Les fiascos du renseignement français. Liberation , February 22, 2011, accessed April 15, 2013 (French).
- Jean Guisnel: Ancien directeur de la DGSE, Claude Silberzahn tire à boulets rouges sur le gouvernement français. Le Point , February 22, 2011, accessed April 15, 2013 (French).
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French DGSE director|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 18, 1935|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Mulhouse|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 18, 2020|
|Place of death||Simorre|