On 10 December 2014 – human rights day – Edward Snowden appeared by video link at an event organised by Amnesty International, le Monde, Mediaparte and Arte in Paris. The event, which was simultaneously translated, marks the first time Edward Snowden has spoken live to an audience in France.
Le Monde has published slides on the NSA’s PRISM program which show that the agency targeted two well-known French telecommunications companies, Wanadoo and Alcatel-Lucent. In addition, the NSA’s Boundless Informant program shows that more than 70 million digital communications from France were collected over a single month.
French officials have responded to the reports, calling the American breach of privacy unacceptable and summoning the US Ambassador for an explanation.