French foreign ministry tapped by NSA, says German magazine

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

US spy programme under investigation in France

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After complaints by human rights groups, prosecutors launched probe into alleged fraudulent access to personal data and personal correspondence.

US 'spying' on EU – the differing views from Paris and Brussels


The revelation that the United States has been spying on European Union offices in America – and possibly in Brussels too – has sparked outrage across the continent. French president François Hollande has called for an 'immediate' end to such snooping and he and others have suggested the scandal could affect the imminent negotiations over transatlantic trade. There have also been calls from the Right and Left in France for Paris to offer the whistleblower Edward Snowden political asylum. However, as Ludovic Lamant and Stéphane Alliès report, the reaction from EU leaders in Brussels to the affair has so far been much more restrained.

French president says US spying allegations threaten trade

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François Hollande said there could be no negotiations or transactions in any areas until France obtained guarantees that spying stops now.

French parties call for Snowden political asylum

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Leaders from across political spectrum say whistleblower should be given refuge in France as president calls for US spying to stop 'immediately'..

French and German fury over claims US bugged EU offices

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French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that if claims made in Der Spiegel magazine are confirmed, it would be 'totally unacceptable'.

Ikea 'paid police' for secret files on clients, staff in France

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Furniture giant Ikea reportedly paid for secret police files to spy on "complaining" customers and "suspicious" staff at stores in France.

French prosecutor Courroye under investigation for spying on journalists

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A top French prosecutor close to President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under investigation for illegally spying on French journalists.

EDF fined for spying on Greenpeace

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A French court has fined energy giant EDF 1.5 million euros and sent two of its staff to jail for spying on Greenpeace campaigners.