Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors. Sarkozy’s earlier self-identification as “Sarkozy the American” did not protect him from US espionage in the 2012 election or during his presidency. The CIA espionage orders published are classified and restricted to U.S. eyes only (“NOFORN”) due to “Friends-on-Friends sensitivities”.
The European Union will retaliate again if US President Donald Trump imposes more tariffs on EU goods to remedy what he calls “unfair” trade relations, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said. “We want President Trump to change his mind. So it’s legitimate for us to use every method at our disposal to make Mr Trump understand that we do not accept his decision,” Le Maire said.
“When it comes to the Middle East, France definitely has a special relationship,” says Majed. As for European leadership in negotiating for some sort of stability in Syria, he adds, “Macron considers this the right moment to do it because he might be the only one to do it internationally.”