French diplomats

Anger of French diplomats at Macron's 'jobs for friends' reform

France — Analysis

A reform promoting “internal mobility” has just been introduced at France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ostensible aim of Emmanuel Macron's measure is to make the French senior civil service more flexible and less elitist. However, many diplomats see the American-style reforms at the ministry as a pretext to enable the head of state to appoint his political friends or business executives to plum diplomatic posts. They also think the president is settling scores with the diplomatic corps, whom the Élysée royally detests. The depth of feeling at the ministry is so strong that trade unions representing diplomats have called for a strike on June 2nd. René Backmann reports.

US-France row deepens with 'NSA spied on French diplomats' report

International — Link

The US National Security Agency spied on French diplomats in Washington and at the UN, according to latest claims by French daily Le Monde.