France summons U.S. ambassador over spying report
France summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday over allegations the U.S. spy agency spied on French citizens.
French daily Le Monde reports the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on over 70 million phone calls in just under a month between December 2012 and January 2013.
It also reportedly collected tens of thousands of French phone records.
The newspaper says the main targets appeared to be individuals suspected of terrorism, but French politicians and businesses were also on the list.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the actions were unacceptable and asked U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin to provide prompt clarifications and justifications for the alleged spying.
Prosecutors in Paris launched a preliminary inquiry into the NSA back in July as reports of wide scale spying was leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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