London, June 24: France has summoned Washington D.C.’s envoy Jane Hartley to register its protest following the Wikileaks` revelation that the United State’s National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on Presidents Francois Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac between 2006 and 2012.
According to reports, French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday morning called an emergency meeting of the Defence Council. A statement was released after the meeting, terming the US behaviour ‘unacceptable’.
The statement reportedly warned that France would not tolerate any actions ‘that put French security and the protection of French interests in danger’.
The White House, however, was quick to release a statement that they were not targeting and will not target the communications of President Hollande and added that France was an ‘indispensable partner’ for them.
The statement, however, made no reference to past practices and also refrained from ruling out the possibility of conducting surveillance in the future in the case of ‘a valid national security purpose’.
(With Agency Inputs)