Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, July 2, 2013)


United States/ Spying

What is France’s response to Edward Snowden’s asylum request?

France has not received an asylum request from Mr. Snowden.

If France does indeed receive a request for political asylum from Edward Snowden, will it be considered? According to which procedures? Could it be accepted?

With respect to the procedures, please refer to the provisions of the Geneva Convention.

What was the substance of the telephone conversation yesterday afternoon between the minister and his American counterpart?

Has there been any American response to France’s request for an explanation following the allegations that the EU and France had been spied on, notably by the NSA?

France would like to get clarification as swiftly as possible regarding the particularly disturbing press reports, according to which the American administration allegedly spied on the European institutions as well as our diplomatic missions in Washington and New York. 

The minister spoke with his American counterpart yesterday afternoon. Mr. John Kerry assured him that he would respond to his concerns as swiftly as possible. The same message was conveyed to the ambassador of the United States in Paris, as well as to the White House and the Department of State, by our embassy in Washington. 

What are the potential negative effects on French-American bilateral relations following these alleged incidents of spying? What impact could they have on the EU-US negotiations on a trade agreement? What guarantees is France looking for in order to re-establish trust between the parties?

As President Hollande and the minister of foreign affairs indicated, there can be no justification for spying on diplomats and diplomatic representations of friendly countries.

More generally, France has drawn the attention of its European partners to the sensitivity of the Internet and data processing. It would like the United States to provide guarantees on the protection of personal data, notably within the framework of the negotiations that are due to open between the European Union and the United States on the conclusion of a transatlantic treaty. We will consult with our European partners on this issue this week.