U.S. spy reports irritate France

Posted: October 22, 2013 at 5:41 a.m.

U.S Ambassador to France Charles H. Rivkin, right, leaves the Foreign Ministry in Paris, after he was summoned Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. The French government had summoned the ambassador to explain why the Americans spied on one of their closest allies. Le Monde newspaper said Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 that documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French phone records in a 30-day period. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

PARIS — The National Security Agency has carried out extensive electronic surveillance in France, a French newspaper reported Monday, drawing an angry condemnation from an important U.S. ally. The report, based on secret documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, was published in French newspaper Le Monde on the day Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the country for an official visit.

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