This is a work of fiction created for the Twilight 2000 Role Playing Game. Original material © Dave Ross

The French

Anglo French Relations

Publicly, the French Government is keen to be seen to be trying to rebuild its relationship with its island neighbour which became strained when the French withdrew from NATO in 1996 and deteriorated further following the French invasion of the Rhineland and the Queen of the Netherland’s subsequent flight to the UK aboard a Royal Navy warship. To this end it has recently appointed a respected and experienced member of the French Diplomatic Corps who is also an acknowledged Anglophile to the post of Ambassador, and is keen to be seeing to be doing all it can to restore normal relations.

Privately, however, the French are happy to see the UK remain destabilized for as long as possible as they feel that a weakened United Kingdom is in their long term best interests. Therefore, while they have no desire to engage in open conflict with HMG, the French have been carrying out a policy of covertly supporting various separatist factions and marauder groups covertly and generally through middle men to ensure deniability. The main beneficiary of this policy has undoubtedly been the fledgling Republic of Scotland (similar approaches to the Welsh were rebuked), but other groups, including the self proclaimed Duke of Cornwall have also received limited supplies of weapons and ammunition from middlemen operating with the tacit approval of the French Government.

The French Embassy

The French Government is represented in the UK by Monsieur Philippe St-Clair, who has held the post of Ambassador to the Court of St James since September 1999. A veteran of the French Diplomatic Corps, M. St-Clair has spent a considerable part of his career in the United Kingdom and the United States, and since his appointment he has placed considerable focus on restoring the relationship between France and the UK, which became particularly fractured after the French invasion of the Netherlands in January 1998.

The Ambassador is assisted by a small team of Diplomats, all of whom are based at the French Embassy, a three story Georgian town house in the centre of Winchester. Additionally, the Embassy employs seven British staff – three secretaries, two drivers (the Embassy gets a fuel allowance from the British) and two cleaners. Unknown to the French, one of the secretaries and one of the cleaners are on MI5’s payroll, reporting any snippets of information that they are able to glean to the Security Service.

In addition to the Diplomatic Staff, nine French soldiers are also based at the Embassy – two signalers, who are responsible for maintaining the Embassy’s communications, and an officer and six men from the 1er Régiment Parachutiste d'Infanterie de Marine who provide security for the Embassy and its staff. The French troops are under orders to maintain a low profile, wearing civilian clothing and carrying concealed sidearms (SiG-Sauer P226’s). A small number of FAMAS assault rifles and hand grenades, as well as helmets, flak jackets, and a stock of ammunition are kept inside the Embassy in a locked and guarded room. The area around the Embassy is also patrolled by the Royal Military Police’s 160th Provost Company, in accordance with the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Vienna Convention.

The French external security agency maintains a discrete presence in the UK; as well as a small team based at the French Embassy in Winchester, it has another half a dozen French officers based “in the field”, operating undercover at various locations both inside and outside the territory controlled by HMG.  Together these officers control a network of locally recruited agents, mostly British nationals, who supply information which is passed back to the Embassy to be collated and relayed back to DGSE Headquarters in France. Payment for this information is commonly made in goods that can be bartered (often these goods would have been termed as luxury items before the War).

Whilst the DGSE’s primary role in the UK is gathering intelligence on British activities, it is quite prepared to undertake Black Ops when required, using its own operatives or, more frequently, British criminals or marauder groups who are paid for their services. Again,

The DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure)

this payment usually comes in the form of goods, gold, or, more rarely, weapons. For operations of critical strategic importance, the DGSE can bring in additional resources from France should the situation warrant it.

For personal protection DGSE officers operating within HMG’s borders generally carry concealed automatic pistols (usually British Army issue Brownings), for which they have forged authorisations (the British Army carries out random stop and searches in the territory it controls and the penalties for anyone found carrying a firearm without the proper authorisation are severe). Outside the territory controlled by HMG,  sidearms will frequently be supplemented by submachine guns, with Uzis and MP5’s of West German origin both relatively common. Again, these will usually be concealed where possible. A variety of submachine guns and assault rifles of non French origin are stored at the Embassy should they be required.

In addition to the operatives in England, a small team of DGSE personnel are based at Perth, where they are responsible for liaising with the leadership of the self proclaimed Republic of Scotland. This team also controls the activities of locally recruited agents in Scotland and Northern England.  

Colonel Guy Loup

La Maison Blanche

La Maison Blanche (The White House) is a Hotel / restaurant located on the outskirts of Winchester. Located in a historic manor house near a church that was visited by Oliver Cromwell, La Maison is owned and run by the leading French born chef Michel Blanc. Before the War the restaurant regularly won many awards, holding two Michelin stars for a number of years.

Despite wartime shortages, Chef Blanc has ensured that La Maison has remained well supplied, dealing with a number of suppliers of varying legality, and whilst his menus have, by necessity, been simplified, La Maison continues to offer a fine dining experience which attracts Winchester’s rich and powerful. As is common throughout England, payment is generally made by forms of barter.

Nearly thirty local people work at La Maison Blanche; whilst most work as chefs, restaurant or Hotel staff, four are employed as security guards and carry concealed 9mm automatics. As well as a main restaurant that seats forty guests, La Maison has three private dining rooms, each of which can accommodate groups of two to twelve diners. Most nights live music is provided in the main restaurant by either a pianist or a jazz duo. It also has seven luxury bedrooms for anyone who might want a discrete overnight stay (for those who arrive without female company, several of La Maison’s hostesses are quite prepared to offer a variety of additional “services” for a fee).

The DGSE has a close relationship with Michel Blanc (Commandant Leconte’s relationship with Blanc is particularly close; she has been sleeping with him for the last three months). Blanc acts as a go between; the restaurant provides an excellent source of information and gossip, which he obtains from his staff and passes on to the DGSE. Much of this information comes from overheard conversations, either in the dining areas, or, arguably more frequently, the bedrooms, one of which the DGSE has set up with concealed video and audio recording devices.

La Maison Blanche