PARIS, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, reiterating France's request for an explanation regarding the "unacceptable" spying practices, said French Foreign Ministry in a statement.
France's newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had secretly monitored 70.3 million phone communications in France from Dec. 10, 2012 to Jan. 8 this year.
"Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met this morning with his American counterpart, Mr. John Kerry. He reiterated to him our request for an explanation regarding the unacceptable spying practices between partners which must stop," said the statement.
French President Francois Hollande expressed Monday his "strong condemnation" of the alleged U.S. spying practices during a phone call with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, branding it as "unacceptable" between friends and allies, said the French Presidency Elysee.
The meeting between French and U.S. ministers provided also "an opportunity to discuss the situation in Syria ahead of the meeting of the Friends of Syria 'Core Group' taking place Tuesday in London, in which both ministers will participate," added the statement.
PARIS, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Monday expressed his "strong condemnation" of alleged U.S. spying during a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, branding it as "unacceptable" between friends and allies, said the French Presidency Elysee in a statement released on Tuesday.
France's newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had secretly monitored 70.3 million phone communications in France from Dec. 10, 2012 to Jan. 8 this year. Full story
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday conversed with French President Francois Hollande over the phone following the news reports about the U.S. National Security Agency's alleged spying efforts against French citizens, said the White House.
"The President and President Hollande discussed recent disclosures in the press -- some of which have distorted our activities and some of which raise legitimate questions for our friends and allies about how these capabilities are employed," said the White House in a statement. Full story
PARIS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) - U.S. will discuss its global espionage programme with France, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was quoted as saying on Monday in Paris, after France summoned the U.S. ambassador earlier in the day on spy claims.
Calling France as one of "oldest allies," Kerry said U.S. will have bilateral consultations with France to address the question, according to media reports. Full story