PARIS, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande demanded a "bilateral cooperation" between French and U.S. intelligence services "in order to figure out" the alleged U.S. spying behaviors, French gouvernment spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said on Wednesday.
Hollande hoped that "a bilateral cooperation could be carried out between French and American intelligence services in order to figure out more clearly" the alleged spying practices of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), Vallaud-Belkacem told a press conference after the cabinet meeting, "which was accepted by (U.S.) President Barack Obama."
France's newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday that the NSA had secretly monitored 70.3 million phone communications in France from Dec. 10, 2012 to Jan. 8 this year.
During a phone call between French and U.S. presidents after the revelation, the two leaders emphasized that intelligence collection activities must be carried out under certain frameworks in order to fight terrorism efficiently, and "agreed to work together to determine the facts and the exact scope of surveillance activities revealed by Le Monde."
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reiterated Tuesday France's request for an explanation regarding the "unacceptable" spying practices, during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.