French intel alleges Israel caused glitches in digital devices of PM Walls

France's intelligence services claim that cellular telephones and several laptop computers belonging to Prime Minister Manuel Valls and senior members of his delegation have been functioning strangely, and in one case ceased functioning, after being subjected to extensive technical checks while deposited with Israeli security officers before the delegation met with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in May, France's L'Express newspaper said Thursday.  Following the complaints, some of the telephones suspected of being scanned by Israel were transferred to France's national center for computer security. ANSI, in Paris. A spokesman for Walls's delegation told L'Express that the checks are part of standard procedure. The Israeli Prime Minister's Office denied the allegation in the report, telling L'Express that Israel does not spy on France, an ally with which it shares intelligence. Walls visited Israel in an effort to promote peace talks with the Palestinians in the framework of the "French initiative" by Paris.      
DEBKAfile's intelligence and security sources point out that there is little chance of the situation described in the report actually occurring because senior foreign officials deposit their smartphones and laptop computers with their military secretaries or other security-related officials from their country, not Israeli security officers, before meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu.    

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