Yes, it is technically World News, but Belongs in Scandal Watch.
Via the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24607880
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has summoned the US ambassador over newspaper claims that the US spied on millions of phone calls in France.
France has labelled such activity between allies as "unacceptable".
Le Monde says the data, based on leaks from ex-intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, suggest the US NSA agency monitored businesses and officials as well as terrorism suspects.
The intercepts were apparently triggered by certain key words.
The paper says the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on 70.3 million phone calls in France in just 30 days between December 10 last year and January 8, 2013.
The agency also apparently captured millions of text messages.
It was unclear whether the content of the calls and messages was stored, or just the metadata - the details of who is speaking to whom.
And the paper did not say whether the operation, codenamed US-985D, was still in progress.
Mr Fabius announced that he had summoned the US ambassador to discuss the claims "immediately".
Interior Minister Manuel Valls had earlier said the allegations were "shocking", and added: "If an allied country spies on France, this is totally unacceptable."
More at link. The sidebar analysis is definitely worth a read.