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NSA Spying Enrages France

Jillian Morabito |
October 21, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Fabius meeting with Kerry back in September (via @FranceLouisiana).
Fabius meeting with Kerry back in September (via @FranceLouisiana).
According to The Guardian, the French Ministry has asked to meet with the US ambassador, Charles H. Rivkin, in Paris this morning in order to discuss alleged U.S. spying of French citizens. 

The French news site Le Monde has reported that America’s National Security Agency has been intercepting French telephone calls on “a massive scale.” The newspaper's report is derived from Edward Snowden's leaks.

To put it into perspective, the NSA intercepted 70.3 million French telephone recordings between early December 2012 and January 2013. 

The Le Monde goes on to claim the interceptions were targeted at politicians, businessmen, and a US-985D administration program, not just suspected terrorists. 

"This sort of practice between partners that invades privacy is totally unacceptable and we have to make sure, very quickly, that this no longer happens," said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius. 

This meeting also coincides with Secretary of State John Kerry’s tour of Europe in discussing Syria, in which he recently referred to Paris as the “oldest ally” to America. 

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