French parliament approves new surveillance rules to better deal with the vibrant Muslim community

The French parliament has approved a controversial law strengthening the intelligence services, with the aim of preventing Islamist attacks.

The law on intelligence-gathering, adopted by 438 votes to 86, was drafted after three days of attacks in Paris in January, in which 17 people died.

The Socialist government says the law is needed to take account of changes in communications technology.

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