French president Emmanuel Macron called a national security meeting on Thursday morning because of the Pegasus spy software scandal. A government spokesman told the French press agency AFP.

The Israeli software, originally intended ‘to track terrorists’, is said to have been used to spy on journalists, activists and lawyers. This was shown by research by a number of international media companies, including The Washington Post newspaper.

On Tuesday it turned out that the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, was also a possible target. Also, Macron and several prime ministers, including former Belgian prime and Charles Michel, are to be on the list of more than 50,000 persons in which advanced to the Pegasus spyware may be removed.

Since the smartphones of these high-ranking officials are not available for scrutiny, it is not known whether they have actually been hacked.

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