Why France's planned 'anti-rioter' law threatens citizens not criminals

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It was a cry of alarm that resonated far beyond the walls of the National Assembly. It came on Wednesday January 30th 2019, as members of the French Parliament's lower house were debating the government's planned law on the prevention and punishment of violence during demonstrations, otherwise and better known as the “anti-rioters” law. The centrist MP Charles de Courson suddenly expressed out loud what many, including people in the ruling La République en Marche (LREM), have been thinking.