The Senate of France rejected a proposal on Wednesday that would allow the government to exercise more control over telecom networks.
The step follows a previous warning from the United States that equipment from the Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei could be used for espionage.
The proposal, which was added at the last minute, would require telecom companies to have an agreement from the French authorities to use certain equipment to limit the risks of espionage and sabotage.
The United States said Tuesday that it is a “top priority” to convince European allies, including France and Germany, not to allow Huawei equipment in their networks. The US has been calling for months, without public evidence, that China uses Huawei equipment to spy on the West.