The US National Security Agency spied on French diplomats in Washington and at the UN, according to latest claims by French daily Le Monde.
The French government summons the US ambassador in Paris over claims of widespread phone surveillance of French citizens by NSA.
Spiegel says America's NSA tapped into computers used by French diplomats to communicate with each other and the foreign ministry in Paris.
The game of diplomatic bluff played out in the row between the Unites States and Russia over the asylum offered to former NSA computer analyst-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden disguises an essential issue that concerns all of us, writes Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel. That issue, he argues here, is how a ‘state of exception’, symbolized by the US Patriot Act and which cites supposed security concerns above the just rule of law, is surreptitiously extending its already vast power amid hitherto widespread indifference. A battle is on to force its retreat, and it is being fought here, on the internet.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that if claims made in Der Spiegel magazine are confirmed, it would be 'totally unacceptable'.