Obama: US no longer spying on France
Added On June 25, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed that Washington is no longer spying on France, following recent wikileaks reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had spied on three successive French presidents.
On Wednesday, President Obama assured his French counterpart that the U.S. is not targeting and will not target his communications.
Allegations that the U.S. had intercepted communications from President Francois Hollande and former leaders Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacque Chirac emerged earlier this week.
The reports prompted a backlash from the French government, with the French leader convening an emergency meeting with his security chiefs.
The new spying row is another blow to ties between Washington and its European allies.
According to the French president's office, during a phone conversation on Wednesday, Obama reiterated his firm commitment to ending the spy practices that may have happened in the past.
French intelligence officials are due to travel to Washington for more talks and Prime Minister Manuel Valls has urged Washington to quickly repair the damage to its relationship with France.
To add to the tensions, Wikileaks has said it would soon release more details on the nature of U.S. spying.
The revelations have served another blow to the U.S. government's reputation.
Washington has been seeking to mend ties with its European allies after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released documents showing the U.S. had been eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel two years ago.