September 19, 2019 / 7:13 AM / a month ago

No reason for France to change mind over Snowden asylum: minister

FILE PHOTO: Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a discussion about his book "Permanent Record" with German journalist Holger Stark in Berlin, Germany, September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - There’s no reason for France to change its mind over a 2013 decision to deny former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden asylum, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.

Snowden said on Monday he would love French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him political asylum after another one of Macron’s ministers said if it was up to her she would offer him asylum.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta ; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten ; Editing by Christian Lowe

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