Paris: Media reports alleging that the United States spied on leading politicians in Europe with the help of Danish intelligence services are “extremely serious” if proven, the French government said on Monday.
“It is extremely serious, we must see if our partners in the EU, the Danes, have committed errors or mistakes in their cooperation with the American services”, declared the Minister for Europe Clément Beaune on France Info. .
He added that it would also be very serious if it turned out that Washington was spying on EU leaders.
“Between the allies there must be trust, minimal cooperation, so these potential facts are serious,” the minister said.
He said the facts must first “be verified” and then “conclusions drawn in terms of cooperation.”
Danish and European media, including Le Monde in France, reported on Sunday that the United States spied on senior politicians in Europe, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, from 2012 to 2014 with the help of Danish intelligence services.
The United States National Security Agency (NSA) took advantage of a surveillance collaboration with the Danish military intelligence unit FE to do so, she said.
“It’s not something that needs to be downplayed,” Beaune said, while acknowledging that similar allegations emerged in 2013 that the United States spied on Merkel.
“We’re not in some kind of cuddly world so that kind of behavior can unfortunately happen,” he said.
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