(QHA) - France will push for new data protection standards at an EU summit later this week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said yesterday (21 October) after Le Monde newspaper reported the huge scale of alleged American spying on French citizens, EurActiv France reports. The issue triggered a phone call between US President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande. The two men "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," the White House said in a statement. Since the revelations made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last spring about the surveillance programs used by the United States around the world, new documents have emerged, giving greater details on the US tapping practices in different countries. As reported earlier, the National Security Agency monitored and tapped more than 70 million phone calls made in France during a 30-day period, French newspaper Le Monde reported Monday, citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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