France says Russia satellite spied in 'Star Wars' hostility

September 07, 2018 - 9:06 am

PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister is claiming that a Russian satellite cozied up to a French one last year to eavesdrop on secure military communications, in what she said amounted to a "Star Wars" above the Earth.

Florence Parly said Friday that the satellite "got close. A bit too close."

She said "this little Star Wars" happened a year ago and that eavesdropping is an "act of espionage" as well as being "unfriendly."

She said the Russian satellite is "well-known but a bit indiscreet" and that France has taken "the necessary measures," without giving details.