Former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden said he’d gladly move from Russia to take asylum in France.
“I applied for asylum in France in 2013 under [former French President François] Hollande and of course we would love to see [Emmanuel] Macron roll out an invitation,” Snowden told France Inter radio.
The interview came a day after French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told RTL she would be “in favor” of offering asylum to Snowden.
An adviser to President Macron said “nothing has been decided,” alluding to the diplomatic blow between U.S.-France relations such an offer would provide.
French MEP Nathalie Loiseau said she supported Snowden on Frane Inter and added that an independent government agency leads the asylum process.
“Personally I don’t see what Snowden is doing in Russia, one of the countries most used to mass surveillance and manipulation," Loiseau said. “I’d be happier if he was in Europe … today what I can see is that no European country has given Edward Snowden asylum, I think we are totally out of step with the values we promote.”