France fumes over NSA spying claims, summons US ambassador

Fuming over the reports of the US having monitored over 70 million phone calls in France, France has summoned US ambassador, calling the act as “unacceptable”.

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Paris: Fuming over the reports of the US having monitored over 70 million phone calls in France, France has summoned US ambassador, calling the act as “unacceptable”.

Any act of spying on France or any other European countries was “unacceptable”, France’s interior minister Manuel Valls told a Radio station.

While French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement that US envoy had been summoned over the issue and “he will be received this morning at the Quai d’Orsay”.

According to a report in French newspaper Le Monde, the National Security Agency (NSA) tracked 70.3 million phone calls in France in a time span of just 30 days between 10 December, 2012, and 8 January, 2013.

The report was co-authored by ex-Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who also was the first journalist to expose the information about US spying programmes leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.