Paris - The US National Security Agency secretly recorded millions of phone
calls made in France, daily Le Monde reported on Monday, citing documents from
former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
The spy agency taped 70.3 million phone calls in France over a 30-day period
between 10 December and 8 January 2013, Le Monde reported in its online
According to the paper, the NSA automatically picked up communications from
certain phone numbers in France and recorded text messages under a programme
Le Monde said the documents gave grounds to think the NSA targeted not only
people suspected of being involved in terrorism but also high-profile
individuals from the world of business or politics.
US authorities declined comment to the French daily on the
The Le Monde article followed similar revelations by German weekly Der
Spiegel that US agents had hacked into the email account of former Mexican
president Felipe Calderon.
Mexican authorities have said they will be seeking answers from US officials
"as soon as possible" following the allegations.
Snowden, who has taken refuge in Russia, is wanted in the United States for
espionage and other charges after leaking details of the NSA's worldwide