France has summoned the US ambassador after reports emerged that the National Security Agency (NSA) has recorded millions of French telephone calls.
According to Press TV, the French daily Le Monde recently published a report which showed that the NSA spy agency secretly taped more than 70 million phone conversations in France over a 30-day period this year.
Paris summoned US Ambassador Charles Hammerman Rivkin for explanation on Monday.
Rivkin has not commented on the summoning issue, but he told reporters that the US-France “relationship on a military, intelligence, special forces… level is the best it’s been in a generation.”
The Le Monde report was based on documents leaked by American intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.
According to the report, the NSA automatically monitored communications from certain phone numbers in France and recorded text messages. The spying agency also targeted certain high-profile French political and business individuals.
France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said that the spying revelations are “shocking.”