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At July 4 party, French official decries US spying

Paris, too, mines electronic data, report alleges

PARIS — France’s top security official publicly dressed down the United States at the American ambassador’s July 4 garden party, denouncing alleged US ‘‘espionage’’ of France and other countries, while the European Parliament voted to open an investigation.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls was a guest of honor at the fete hosted by Ambassador Charles Rivkin Thursday. In a speech before the guests, he said that ‘‘in the name of our friendship, we owe each other honesty. We must say things clearly, directly, frankly.’’

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