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France - French Minister Dresses Down US At July 4 Fete

Published on: July 4, 2013 11:09 AM
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FILE -  French Interior Minister Manuel Valls leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, 10 June 2013.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENTFILE -  French Interior Minister Manuel Valls leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris, France, 10 June 2013.  EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

France - French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has publicly dressed down the United States at the American ambassador’s July 4 garden party, denouncing alleged U.S. “espionage” of France and other countries.

Valls was guest of honor at the fete hosted by Ambassador Charles Rivkin Thursday. In a speech before hundreds of guests, he said that “in the name of our friendship, we owe each other honesty. We must say things clearly, directly, frankly.”

He said that President Francois Hollande’s demand for clear and precise explanations about reports of U.S. spying are justified because “such practices, if proven, do not have their place between allies and partners.”

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European countries agreed Wednesday that planned talks on free trade with the U.S. must start in parallel with discussions on National Security Agency surveillance.


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 Jul 04, 2013 at 11:25 AM LionofZion Says:

This will bring Achdus. Can we all agree to hate France?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 11:28 AM garyweiss Says:

Are they going to reveal what they are talking about?

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 12:48 PM A Says:

France is perfectly within her rights to be upset and complain but not at an affair where one of it's representatives is a guest of honor of the very country he is complaining about. Very bad manners.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 03:28 PM greuv Says:

France is drowning in radical Islamists. Fix your own maison, mon ami.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 03:33 PM common-sense Says:

Reply to #3  
A Says:

France is perfectly within her rights to be upset and complain but not at an affair where one of it's representatives is a guest of honor of the very country he is complaining about. Very bad manners.

Their manner were worse when they collaborated with the Nazis.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 04:03 PM honestbroker Says:

Reply to #3  
A Says:

France is perfectly within her rights to be upset and complain but not at an affair where one of it's representatives is a guest of honor of the very country he is complaining about. Very bad manners.

If you think the French don't spy on other states , including the US, I have a bridge to sell you.
Their faux pompous indignation , not to mention lack of protocol, makes me nauseous.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 04:13 PM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

How rude. To be invited into someone's home and attempt to embarrass him. I guess one could not expect better from the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 04:31 PM Reb Yid Says:

If it wasn't for the US they'd all be speaking German. Now, if it wasnt for the US intelligence program, they'd all be speaking Arabic.

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