French Senate approves new anti-terror law

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website] has approved a slightly amended version of a new anti-terror law [text as amended, in French] providing for increased public video surveillance, more access by authorities to communications records and passenger information, and new police powers to stop vehicles. The legislation introduced by hardline French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy [official profile] passed Thursday by a vote of 203-122, with the ruling center-right coalition outpolling socialist and communist opposition members. The French lower house, the National Assembly, approved a version of the law [JURIST report] in late November; both houses will have to pass the bill again before it can become law. Critics of the bill argue that it is too heavy-handed and effectively puts terrorists, delinquents and immigrants in the same basket while, in the words of a former socialist culture minister, "sowing the seeds of xenophobia and racism." AFP has more.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.