François Hollande Is Also Spying On The French

François Hollande

President François Hollande is looking foolish today after the French newspaper Le Monde revealed that France is the latest country to be given the Big Brother label.

Just days after François Hollande gave the United States a stern talking to, telling them to stop eavesdropping on Europe if they want progress on a trade deal, Le Monde accused France of spying on its own citizens’ phone calls, emails, and internet activity.

François Hollande gave a speech last week calling the revelations that America spies on its allies “unacceptable” and demanding an immediate assurance that survelliance would be stopped or he would block negotiations on a transatlantic free trade treaty.

“We cannot accept this kind of behaviour between partners and allies,” Mr Hollande said. “We ask that this immediately stop. There can be no negotiations or transactions in all areas until we have obtained these guarantees, for France but also for all of the European Union, for all partners of the United States.”

Well the joke’s on Hollande now because he’s doing the same thing to his own constituents.In a similar style to the NSA’s Prism program, Le Monde reports that France runs a vast electronic surveillance operation, intercepting and stocking data from citizens’ phone and internet activity. The program reportedly doesn’t look at individual intercepts for content, but uses the data to connect the dots and networks of communication, essentially creating a map of “who is talking to whom”.

But the French also record data from large American networks like Google and Facebook, the newspaper said. Apparently, data on “all emails, SMSs, telephone calls, Facebook and Twitter posts” are collected and stored in a massive three-floor underground bunker at the Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure’s headquarters in Paris.

I think it’s pretty safe to say at this point that every government everywhere has some kind of surveillance system in place. Except maybe in Vanuatu – they haven’t discovered computers yet.

Via: LA Times

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