Date
26 May 2017
A file picture of US President Barack Obama with his French counterpart Francois Hollande. France said this week that it will not tolerate spying activities by US agencies. Photo: Reuters
A file picture of US President Barack Obama with his French counterpart Francois Hollande. France said this week that it will not tolerate spying activities by US agencies. Photo: Reuters

Obama reassures France over US spying claims

US President Barack Obama has reassured his French counterpart Francois Hollande following claims that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on France’s leaders.

Obama spoke to Hollande over the telephone on Wednesday and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to end practices that were deemed unacceptable, Reuters reported.

“President Obama reiterated unequivocally his firm commitment … to end the practices that may have happened in the past and that are considered unacceptable among allies,” the French president’s office was quoted as saying. 

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks revealed on Tuesday that the NSA had spied on the last three French presidents.

Following the revelations, Hollande held an emergency meeting of his ministers and army commanders. And the French foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador for questioning.

“France will not tolerate actions that threaten its security and the protection of its interests,” the president’s office said in a statement.

A senior French intelligence official will travel to the US to discuss the matter and strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Hollande’s office said.

“We have to verify that this spying has finished,” a government spokesman told reporters.

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