This type of government spying goes on all the time, but there was a special vow made between the two allies that forbade the U.S. from spying on other allied leaders. President Obama reassured the French government that the NSA did not violate that vow. But France isn't buying it.
This issue was the topic of a phone call made between President Obama and French President Hollande. Hollande's office released a statement after the conversation, saying, "President Obama reiterated unequivocally his firm commitment ... to end the practices that may have happened in the past and that are considered unacceptable among allies."
A top French intelligence officer is scheduled to visit the United States in the near future to discuss how the allies can move forward from here on out. The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, publicly announced that he wants to develop a specific "code of conduct" to determine how virtual intelligence gathering will be completed in the future.
I think a code of conduct would be a great thing to establish in a time where everything is run electronically. But what do you think? Should we be able to spy on who we want, whenever we want? Or should there be a clear set of rules for all government agencies around the world to follow? Let me know what you think by leaving me a note in the comments section below.