French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has called to meet with the United States' ambassador to France, Charles H. Rivkinto, to discuss the National Security Agency's (NSA) interception of French communications and data.
According to CNN News, from December 2012 to August of this year, the NSA has intercepted 70 million calls from individuals suspected of terrorism; along with the communications of French politicians and business leaders.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has stated the NSA spying practices
are unacceptable between partners, violates privacy, and is totally unacceptable.
Meanwhile John Kerry stated the United States needs to find the
right balance, in order to protect the security and privacy of our citizens
According the the Christian Monitor, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived in Europe today to discuss matters related to the Syrian civil war, and the United Nation's attempt to destroy all of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's chemical weaponry. France was the only leading nation backing the Obama administration's desire to intervene in the Syrian civil war, to help oust Syrian President al-Assad.
John Kerry's nickname in France is “Monsieur Kerry. ” Although it sounds flattering, it is not. It was an expression that spread among the French in 2004, during John Kerry's U.S. presidential campaign. The French believed Kerry was not a viable candidate for the office of U.S. president.
During the Syrian upheaval, Kerry called France one of America's "oldest allies", and once again before departing to France, Kerry reiterated the statement in a public press conference.
This summer, France threatened to take movies and digital media off the negotiating table during the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement, between the European Union and the United States, in order to protect the French film industry. France finally backed away from their threat, but the NSA spying scandal is still a very heated debate and concern among French politicians and citizens.
According to PC World French carrier Alcatel-Lucent, a French global mobile phone manufacturer and telecommunications equipment company, headquartered in Paris, was also targeted by the NSA.
Google, Facebook, and the NSA’s Prism program, also monitored the French based domains alcatel-lucent.fr and wanadoo.fr.
According to former NSA employee and scandal leaker, Edward Snowden, other NSA spying targets have been Russia, China, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, England, the European Union, and the United Nations.