STRASBOURG/ROME - The European Parliament voted Wednesday to suspend cooperation with Washington in a financial data-sharing deal in response to allegations of US spying revealed by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

“The EU should suspend its Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US in response to the US National Security Agency’s alleged tapping of EU citizens’ bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT,” said the resolution passed by 280 votes to 254, with 30 abstentions.

The resolution is non-binding, but the Parliament underlined that it “will take account of the European Commission’s response to this demand when considering whether to give its consent to future international agreements.”

The European Union and the United States agreed in 2010 a Terrorist Financing Tracking Program which allows access to SWIFT banking data as part of the fight against terrorism.

But according to revelations by Snowden, SWIFT, the global interbank transfer network, was a target of wider US surveillance.

Meanwhile, the United States has branded reports it spied on millions of French citizens as inaccurate but the newspaper behind them said Wednesday it was sticking by a story which has caused a diplomatic ruckus between the allies.

The latest revelations to emerge from leaks by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden have also strained US relations with its neighbour Mexico, which said it would investigate allegations US intelligence had hacked into the emails of President Enrique Pena Nieto and his predecessor.

French daily Le Monde said it stood by its report that millions of phone calls in France were monitored by the NSA and published what it described as an NSA document showing a daily breakdown of the alleged snooping.

The paper was responding to a statement by James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence. Clapper said Le Monde’s report contained “inaccurate and misleading” information about America’s foreign intelligence activities and that a specific claim 70 million phone calls had been monitored between December 10, 2012 and January 8 of this year was false.

Clapper made no mention of Le Monde’s report that the US spied on several French embassies around the world, most notably its missions in Washington and at the United Nations in New York.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Enrico Letta discussed claims of US snooping on Italian communications with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday during talks in Rome, a government spokeswoman said.

“The question was raised about the need to verify the truthfulness of the allegations that are circulating,” the spokeswoman told AFP. She said the US side was “cooperative” and had promised to “review” the issue.

The reports have caused anger in Italy and prompted calls for Washington to explain itself. Kerry and Letta also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria as well as Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the source said.