On the same day Le Monde revealed the French intelligence service has a domestic spying program that sounds a whole lot like the National Security Agency's operation, France's interior Ministry confirmed it received and then denied an asylum request from leaker Edward Snowden.
Edward Snowden has been desperately trying to find a country that would, perhaps, agree to house him after he leaked confidential NSA documents. Snowden is still in a waiting area at a Russian airport since fleeing Hong Kong. (Supposedly.)
The French interior ministry revealed for the first time today that they are one of the 21 countries to receive an asylum request from the stranded international fugitive. The French interior ministry also revealed they shut him down. "Like many countries, France received a request for asylum from Mr. Edward Snowden through its embassy in Moscow. Given the legal analysis and the situation of the interested party, France will not agree," the interior ministry statement statement read. The decision shouldn't come as a big surprise, though. Interior Minister Manuel Valls (above) has said previously he would not grant Snowden asylum. His options are quickly dwindling.