August 4, 2021

Emmanuel Macron convenes an “exceptional” defense council

President Emmanuel Macron is due to meet, Thursday, July 22, in the morning, a defense council “Exceptional dedicated to the Pegasus affair and the issue of cybersecurity”, announced the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal.

“The President of the Republic is following this file as closely as possible and takes this matter very seriously”, he stressed on France Inter, recalling that France was continuing its investigations following the revelations on the Pegasus software, by a consortium of sixteen editorial staff, among which The world, lead by Forbidden Stories.

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Morocco denies

Israeli spyware was reportedly used by Moroccan intelligence services to hack or attempt to hack the phones of French politicians and journalists. One of Emmanuel Macron’s numbers was among the potential targets of the Pegasus software.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Wednesday that the government had “Ordered a whole series of investigations” to shed some light on the Pegasus case. Morocco, which denies any use of the software of the Israeli firm NSO for espionage purposes, has promised, for its part, an investigation into the “Unfounded accusations”.

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Le Monde with AFP and Reuters