Hollande, Obama to discuss spy claims ‘in coming hours’: parliament sources

France President, Francois Hollande

France President, Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande will speak with his US counterpart Barack Obama “in the coming hours” to discuss reports that the US spied on him and two predecessors, parliamentarians said Wednesday.

“Talks with the president of the United States are planned in the coming hours,” said former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, part of a group of parliamentarians who met with Hollande to discuss the latest revelations from Wikileaks.

Hollande told the delegation that “France does not allow this practice of targeting foreign leaders,” said another member of the group.

France has summoned the US ambassador to discuss the claims of US spying, which Hollande’s office called “unacceptable”.

The documents — labelled “Top Secret” and appearing to reveal spying on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande from 2006 to 2012 — were published by WikiLeaks in partnership with French newspaper Liberation and the Mediapart website.

The White House did not comment on past activity, but said it was not targeting Hollande’s communications and would not do so in the future.

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