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Why Spy on France?

The French daily Le Monde alleges that the US National Security Agency has spied on French diplomats in Washington and at the UN. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn more about the incident.
“What could America possibly have to gain by spying on the French?” I said.
“The people currently running your government admire our country,” said Pierre. “We have many cradle-to-grave government programs and powerful government unions. Our unemployment is nearly 11 percent - even in good economic times, unemployment rarely goes below 7.5 percent! - and we have excessively high taxes on the rich.”
“Regrettably ...


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