French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the American ambassador, Jane Hartley, to explain. She will be received on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Quai d'Orsay. Later Mr Hollande and U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss the issue in a phone call. The new facts follow revelations that the U.S.
National Security Agency (NSA) spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel when she was leader of the CDU party in 2000. The NSA spied on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and the current president Francois Hollande from 2006 to May 2012, according to documents classified as top secret and released by Wikileaks.
The agency also tapped the phones of several ministers, MPs and diplomats. However, the main news is the spying itself. The only noteworthy details were Mr Sarkozy's bid to start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks without involving the U.S., or that Mr Hollande feared Greece would leave the eurozone in May 2012. The documents also showed that Germany's BND intelligence agency had cooperated with the NSA to spy on officials and companies in Europe, and allowed the Americans to use its Bad Aibling listening post in Bavaria to spy on the French president and the EU in Brussels. The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has pledged that new revelations would follow.
National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said: "We are not targeting and will not target the communications of President Hollande."(AGI)