The French authorities have opened an investigation into allegations that Moroccan intelligence services spied on journalists working for a news website.
The investigation follows complaints by Mediapart journalist Edwy Plenel and others.
Mediapart, a French news website, had announced that it would file a complaint in Paris in the wake of the allegations.
“The cell phones of Edwy Plenel co-founder of the news website was among 10,000 others that were targeted by the Moroccan secret services using a spyware provided by Israeli firm NSO,” Mediapart said.
The website urged the French authorities to take “strict measures that go beyond condemning the violation of freedoms carried out by a foreign power”.
Dominique Simon, a former journalist at Le Canard Enchaîné newspaper, also said she would file a complaint as her cell phone had been monitored by the spyware.
“It is outrageous to spy on journalists. They had access to all my contacts and all our private and professional lives,” she told French media.