France Fumes Over 'Unacceptable' US Spying

Summons US ambassador to Paris amid emergency meetings
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2015 6:44 AM CDT
France Slams 'Unacceptable' US Spying
French President Francois Hollande, left, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chair a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Thursday, June 24, 2015.   (Charles Platiau, Pool via AP)

Surprise: France isn't thrilled by claims that the US spied on its past three presidents, including current leader Francois Hollande, and has now summoned its US ambassador to the foreign ministry in Paris, reports the AP. Hollande, who calls the US spying an "unacceptable" security breach, held two emergency meetings today with legislators and top security officials. He later said France would "not tolerate anything that could jeopardize the security and protection of its interests," per USA Today, adding vaguely that France has now reinforced security measures.

Describing the NSA spying as "incomprehensible," a government rep notes Hollande will now send a top intelligence coordinator stateside to confirm US assurances made after previous spying revelations are still valid. In the meantime, "we reminded all the ministers to be vigilant in their conversations," he says. A spokesman for the NSA said yesterday that the US is "not targeting and will not target the communications of President Hollande," but it didn't respond to claims about alleged earlier eavesdropping on Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Jacques Chirac. (More WikiLeaks stories.)

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