"US intelligence chief James Clapper has denied reports that US spies recorded data from 70 million phone calls in France in a single 30-day period.
The director of national intelligence said the report in Le Monde newspaper contained "misleading information".
In a separate story, the newspaper said the US bugged French diplomats and used the information to sway a key UN vote.
Both reports were based on leaks from fugitive ex-US intelligence worker Edward Snowden.
"Recent articles published in the French newspaper Le Monde contain inaccurate and misleading information regarding US foreign intelligence activities," Mr Clapper said in a statement released on Tuesday." BBC
Really? Clapper's problem at this point is that there is no reason for anyone to believe anything he says. pl