The right-wing opposition party, the UMP, has been very publicly falling apart after a disastrous leadership election. In the ranks of the ruling Socialist Party MPs and officials have had some fun at the expense of their bitter rivals, and the government has been able to press forward with legislation almost unopposed. But some socialist MPs fear the squabbles in the UMP will reflect badly on all political parties. Others are increasingly concerned that the government is adopting the wrong strategy in the face of the opposition’s melt-down, and favouring social democratic policies over genuine socialist measures. Stéphane Alliès and Mathieu Magnaudeix assess the mood in Parliament.
The notion of web neutrality is one whereby all access to the internet, and the very process of activity on the internet, is treated equally. It has become the subject of passionate international debate while service providers increasingly control, prioritize and even block certain forms of access and services, and government agencies are empowered to interfere in access to, and the functioning of, websites. Vincent Truffy reports on how France is moving towards legislation to define and ensure a neutral, non-prioritised web for all.