Macron calls Israeli PM after phone targeted by Pegasus spyware

Bennett reportedly stressed that the events occurred before he took office last May and said he was considering sending his Defence Minister Benny Gantz to Paris to provide more answers to the French president’s questions. [EPA-EFE/DANIEL COLE]

French President Emmanuel Macron called Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to express his concerns over the recent revelations that his phone was allegedly targeted by the Pegasus spyware – made and licensed by Israeli company NSO, Israeli television reported.

Bennett reportedly stressed that the events occurred before he took office last May and said he was considering sending his Defence Minister Benny Gantz to Paris to provide more answers to the French president’s questions.

Neither the Israeli prime minister’s office nor the Élysée Palace had so far communicated on this exchange between the two leaders, which reportedly took place on Thursday. Contacted by EURACTIV, the Elysée confirmed the phone call but did not wish to comment on its content.

The Elysée also confirmed that Macron had changed his phone and phone number, that he had asked for a strengthening of security protocols and that investigations were currently being conducted by state services.

(Mathieu Pollet | EURACTIV.fr)

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