French spies have claimed they were sent on an official mission to kill a small-town psychotherapist.
The spies, who were agents from France’s Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE), were arrested last month and charged with conspiracy to murder.
They have been named by local media as Pierre B, 28, and Karl E, 25.
They told authorities that they had been following orders to kill the female psychotherapist who lives in Créteil, a small town on the outskirts of Paris.
According to a report in Le Parisien, the spies told investigators that they had been told to ‘eliminate’ the 54-year-old ‘with firearms’.
The two men had spent the night parked outside the woman’s house in a car with a fake license plate.
Their movements had attracted the attention of a neighbour, who reported that the two men had spent the night there.
Officers approached the car in the early morning of July 24 and found gloves, a loaded pistol, and an army knife.
Police later raided the two men’s rooms at a DGSE military training centre in Saran.
The men were arrested and the spy agency did not intervene on their behalf. Officials suspect that
they were working on an unofficial contract with two private operators, Le Parisien reported.
The psychotherapist was shocked to discover she had been the target of the spies when informed by police.
The motive for the crime remains unknown, with an investigator noting: ‘We are in a Bermuda Triangle.
‘There are a lot of unknowns.’