The French Surveillance State

Prime Minister Manuel Valls of France has presented yet another antiterrorism bill to Parliament. French lawmakers, who overwhelmingly approved a sweeping antiterrorism bill in September, are scheduled to debate the new bill this month. Mr. Valls argues that the bill’s sweeping new provisions for government surveillance are necessary to monitor potential terrorist-related activity, especially on the Internet and cellphones.

Mr. Valls, who announced the bill on the day after the deadly attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis and as France still reels from the terrorist attacks in Paris in January, has assured the nation that the bill “is not a French Patriot Act,” a comparison to America’s post-9/11 law. But, in a statement on the bill, the Digital Council, which advises the French government about technology’s effects on society, referred specifically to Edward Snowden’s revelations of the extent of United States government surveillance, warning that the bill proposed by Mr. Valls would open the door to similar excesses in France.

  • winniec

    France needs to encourage Muslims to challenge the foundational teachings of Islam.

    • They’re trying for a “French Islam” like that’ll work.

  • DMB

    It’s not just in France but in the UK as well. The city of London is one if not the most surveillance city in the world. It is as if this was by design to bring in mass Muslim immigration (invasion) to bring civil unrest to the country then bring laws eroding the freedoms, liberties of the citizens until they are all gone. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/mar/02/cctv-cameras-watching-surveillance

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It is a pound of cure trying to compensate for the failure to exercise an ounce of prevention.

  • The photo is of Denmark, not France.

  • k

    How can you REform the Koran when the Koran does not allow you to question it?
    How can you REform the Koran when it’s clerics who interpret it… like…
    their cushy POWERful dominion ….
    over….
    their slave sheeple congregations…
    whom the clerics then send out on Koranic suicidal slaughter missions
    … = their congregations are expendable because the Muslim clerics just require their flock to get the birth canals fired up to spit out more soldiers
    THE WEST ASKING FOR A REform of the KORAN = RACIST
    THE WEST does NOT respect Multiculturalism …because…
    if it did… it would leave everybody on their own land to develop on their own accords
    you know something that has always bugged me is…
    how come the “humanists” (Christian origin)
    ie Red Cross, Docs Without Borders, AID Groups who like to go out and …
    COLONIZE …. (that’s right COLONIZE)…
    EVERYONE ELSES COUNTRIES…
    to THEIR OBVIOUSLY (hah ha) SUPERIOR WESTERN WAY…
    just can’t seem to go up to their neighbour …
    who goes to work drunk everyday, and yells at their spouse =
    obviously needs some help …
    but because they are in a Western country they decide they can not interject because , it is a “private matter” or “people will change when THEY are READY to change”
    hypocritical, wouldn’t you say

  • k

    If you do not want a surveillance state
    1) DON’T IMPORT IT
    2) HOLD YOUR LEADERSHIP TO ACCOUNT
    3) HOLD YOUR CITIZENRY TO ACCOUNT
    (Remember Diplomacy is for Diplomats… too much diplomacy can lead to corruption…. and using diplomacy on your citizenry does NOT make them accountable for their corruption and that is a problem we have in the West right now…call a spade a spade because THAT is honest)