Keyword: spying

Ikea France fined €1m for snooping on staff

The former CEO of Ikea France, Jean-Louis Baillot, was given a two-year suspended jail term and €50,000 fine after the French subsidiary was found to have used private detectives and police officers to collect private data on staff.

IKEA French subsidiary and managers stand trial in spying scandal

The trial began on Monday in Versailles of former executives of the French arm of Swedish retailer IKEA, as well as the corporate entity itself, on charges of spying on the private lives of hundreds of staff, in a scandal first revealed by Mediapart eight years ago.

Senior French army officer held on suspicion of spying for Russia

France's defence minister Florence Parly has confirmed that a French army lieutenant-colonel, whose identity was not released, has been arrested for passing secret information to Russia, which reportedly happened as he prepared to leave France to return to his post with NATO's southern command headquarters in Naples. 

IKEA France and former bosses to stand trial over spying charges

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An IKEA store in France. © DR An IKEA store in France. © DR

The Swedish furniture retail giant IKEA is accused of having set up a system of spying to obtain confidential information on job applicants, staff - including trade union representatives - and customers in France. Now, after eight years of investigation, judges have ordered that IKEA France should stand trial on spying charges in its own right as a corporation. Fifteen people, including two former chief executives of the French corporation, Jean-Louis Baillot and Stefan Vanoverbeke, are also to face trial. The allegations include claims that data on individuals was illegally obtained from French police files via police officers. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports.

Ikea France and execs to stand trial for spying on staff and clients

French prosecutors have recommended that the French subsidiary of Swedish home furnishings chain Ikea, several members of its former management and four French police officers should stand trial for their involvement in a system of espionnage targeting company staff and clients.

Hollande demands 'all information' on German bugging of French foreign minister

The French president said he expected Chancellor Angela Merkel to give 'exact details' over report that German intelligence spied on Laurent Fabius.

German intelligence 'spied on French foreign minister and other allies'

German radio report says BND targets included Laurent Fabius, the International Court of Justice, the FBI, UN bodies, NGOs and firms.

France says confidence restored with Germany after spy claims

French officials said claims that Germany's BND agency had helped US spy on France were not new and that trust had since been 're-established'.

The dark story of how a French firm helped the Assad regime's mass-surveillance programme

By and Reflets.info (Bluetouff et Kitetoa)

French IT firm Qosmos, specialised in mass-surveillance technology and which works on projects for France's intelligence services, is the subject of a judicial investigation launched in April into ‘complicity in acts of torture’. The probe centres on the Paris-based company’s involvement in a contract, led by an Italian company, to supply the Bashar al-Assad regime in war-torn Syria with a system to intercept, open and archive almost all email and other internet traffic flowing through the country.  Qosmos says it eventually withdrew from the project for ethical reasons, when the key technology it provided for the project was not yet operational. But, as detailed in this joint report by Mediapart and Reflets.info, the history of the case raises more questions than it provides answers.

IKEA France directors questioned by police over client and staff 'snooping'

Directors of the furniture store chain were questioned about allegations the company illegally used police files to spy on staff and customers.

'France spied on me', claims Madeleine Albright

Former US Secretary of State says she discovered the eavesdroppingon after French diplomat referred to confidential conversation.

France, Germany warn anti-terrorism cooperation hit by NSA scandal

François Hollande and Angela Merkel lead a push at the EU summit in Brussels to reshape transatlantic spying and agree a new code of conduct.

Former French intelligence chief says France also spies on US

Bernard Squarcini, once boss of France’s counter-espionage and counter-terrorism agency, said allied countries 'spy on each other all the time'.

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

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

French foreign ministry tapped by NSA, says German magazine

Spiegel says America's NSA tapped into computers used by French diplomats to communicate with each other and the foreign ministry in Paris.