“France and several European countries” threatened to “block negotiations” with Washington on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on July 1, following revelations of systematic American eavesdropping,” writes Libération.

In its editorial, the daily writes that US spying —

… on the embassies of its European allies and offices of the EU is a potent symbol of the weakness of the Old Continent. […] Europe appears unwilling even to conceive of the idea of “digital sovereignty,” even though it has become a vital aspect state power. And one which has definitively imposed itself as the major international ethical, political, and economic concern of our era.