France calls latest report of U.S. spying "totally unacceptable"
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 01:17
Oct. 21 - New allegations published in Le Monde newspaper say the U.S. has been collecting tens of thousands of French telephone records. Nathan Frandino reports.
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The latest leak in U.S. surveillance programs involving Edward Snowden has hit U.S. ally France.
In a new report, the French newspaper Le Monde says the N.S.A. recorded more than 70 million phone calls and text messages of French citizens.
The surveillance happened between December 2012 and January of this year.
Le Monde Deputy Editor Remy Ourdan says the allegations prove France has fallen victim to the same surveillance as in Great Britain and in Germany.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) DEPUTY CHIEF EDITOR AT LE MONDE REMY OURDAN SAYING:
"Through the secret Prism and Upstream programs, the surveillance and spying goes beyond the constant and official justification of the fight against terrorism."
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says he has summoned the U.S. Ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin, to the Foreign Ministry to explain the latest revelations.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER LAURENT FABIUS SAYING:
"We had already been alerted in June and we reacted strongly, but obviously we need to go further. These kinds of practices that violate privacy between partners are totally unacceptable. We must quickly assure that these practices aren't repeated."
Rivkin declined comment on the report, but said that U.S.-French ties were close.
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