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Big brother, French Edition

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Since nowadays everybody is doing it, why not go with the flow and spy on your citizen? That’s probably what the French external intelligence agency was thinking when they started monitoring the French public’s phone calls, emails and social media activities in France and abroad. And it only costs a measly 600-something million Euros as well, what a bargain!

France’s external intelligence agency spies on the French public’s phone calls, emails and social media activity in France and abroad, the daily Le Monde said on Thursday.

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“All of our communications are spied on,” wrote Le Monde, which based its report on unnamed intelligence sources as well as remarks made publicly by intelligence officials.

“Emails, text messages, telephone records, access to Facebook and Twitter are then stored for years,” it said.

Source: Reuters / Le Monde

So where do we stand now? United States, check. Britain, check. France, check. Soon to come: Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada, … And of course pretty much self explanatory: China, Russia and all the smaller dictatorships sprinkled around the globe.

Turns out George Orwell was just off by a couple years.

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July 4th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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FrAAAnce no more, here comes FrAa1nce

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Oh well, it was only a matter of time anyway… As Bloomberg reports, Moody’s just took away the oh so beloved AAA rating from France.

  • MOODY’S DOWNGRADES FRANCE’S GOVT BOND RATING TO Aa1 FROM Aaa
  • FRANCE MAINTAINS NEGATIVE OUTLOOK BY MOODY’S
  • Long-term economic growth outlook negatively affected by multiple structural challenges
  • Fiscal outlook uncertain
  • Predictability of France‚Äôs resilience to future euro area shocks diminishing

Just a few hours after an completely inexplicable day-long market rally, taking equities higher across the board in Europe and the US. Not even another leak to blame it on.

Now, let’s see what the next couple hours and days will bring.

Written by mo

November 20th, 2012 at 12:17 am

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