US expels French spy

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The United States confirmed yesterday that two French intelligence agents had been recalled to Paris after they were caught trying to steal industrial secrets, writes Leonard Doyle.

The latest spying episode, first reported in The Independent on Thursday, came as the US said it was cracking down on industrial spies from allied nations like France. The French officials were caught trying to gather secrets about the V-22 Osprey aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.