Chirac slams French TV for eavesdropping

12th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

HELSINKI, Sept 11, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac criticised French television channels on Monday for airing his conversation with Spain's prime minister about Lebanon on the sidelines of the ASEM summit here.

HELSINKI, Sept 11, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac criticised French television channels on Monday for airing his conversation with Spain's prime minister about Lebanon on the sidelines of the ASEM summit here.

"They were words which I was careless enough to utter without realising that they were being purely and simply stolen," Chirac said at a news conference at the Europe-Asia summit in Helsinki.

"One does not have the right to use this kind of things in such a frivolous manner on subjects which can have consequences of the lives of men and notably of Frenchmen."

Chirac was shown on French television on Sunday telling José Luis Rodriquez Zapatero that the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon could become "dangerous" once the Hezbollah militia had time to recover from the recent Israeli offensive.

"In my opinion there won't be any problem for two or three months because Hezbollah is a little weaker," Chirac had told Zapatero.

"But in three, four, five months it could be dangerous. I am a little worried for the future."

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