According TheLocal.de, a German news website, a spokesman for former French President Jacques Chirac denounced reports of American spying directed at France as "unacceptable" and "shocking." The source said further, "France has always acted towards the US in the spirit of friendship, trust, independence and openness. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable between two allied nations."
French President Francois Hollande had earlier denounced the reports, which came from a collaboration of WikiLeaks and the French leftist daily, Libération. In any event, Hollande spoke with President Barack Obama on June 24. From their telephonic conversation, came a statement from the French foreign ministry "President Obama reiterated without ambiguity, his firm commitment to end the practices that may have taken place in the past and that are unacceptable between allies." Furthermore, French intelligence officials will soon meet with their counterparts in an effort to "deepen their cooperation."
Observers in the French capital say that it is common knowledge that the U.S. spies on French officials and that an electronic monitoring system is visible on the roof of the American embassy in Paris. "Since this system is not intrusive and on US soil, there's not much France can do," source told TheLocal. The source added, This type of monitoring station "is a common practice in Anglo-Saxon intelligence services and the choice of the location of the embassy near the Elysee and several ministries is not innocent."
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