Top French intelligence official to travel to US over spy claims: France

PARIS - France will send a top intelligence official to the United States to discuss leaked reports that the US spied on three French presidents, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

"France's national intelligence coordinator (Didier Le Bret) will go to the United States to discuss the understanding between France and the United States" that spying would no longer be carried out, a deal reached after earlier revelations in 2013, said spokesman Stephane Le Foll.

President Francois Hollande's office called the revelations "unacceptable", and diplomatic sources told AFP that US Ambassador Jane Hartley had been summoned to meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday.

The documents -- labelled "Top Secret" and appearing to reveal spying on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande from 2006 to 2012 -- were published by WikiLeaks in partnership with French newspaper Liberation and the Mediapart website.

The White House did not comment on past activity, but said it was not targeting Hollande's communications and will not do so in the future.

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