PARIS, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Monday expressed his "strong condemnation" of alleged U.S. spying during a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, branding it as "unacceptable" between friends and allies, said the French Presidency Elysee in a statement released on Tuesday.
France's newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had secretly monitored 70.3 million phone communications in France from Dec. 10, 2012 to Jan. 8 this year.
Speaking to his U.S. counterpart following the revelation, Hollande described the practice as "unacceptable" and "harmful to the private life of French citizens."
He also demanded an explanation from the U.S. and asked for all information former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden may hold.
The two leaders emphasized that intelligence collection activities must be carried out under certain frameworks in order to fight terrorism efficiently.
The French and U.S. presidents "agreed to work together to determine the facts and the exact scope of surveillance activities revealed by Le Monde," said the president's office.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday conversed with French President Francois Hollande over the phone following the news reports about the U.S. National Security Agency's alleged spying efforts against French citizens, said the White House.
"The President and President Hollande discussed recent disclosures in the press -- some of which have distorted our activities and some of which raise legitimate questions for our friends and allies about how these capabilities are employed," said the White House in a statement. Full story
PARIS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) - U.S. will discuss its global espionage programme with France, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was quoted as saying on Monday in Paris, after France summoned the U.S. ambassador earlier in the day on spy claims.
Calling France as one of "oldest allies," Kerry said U.S. will have bilateral consultations with France to address the question, according to media reports. Full story