Keyword: legislation

French Parliament divided over anti-terror bill

Major divide between MPs on the Right who want the bill to go further, and those on the Left who fear a 'permanent state of emergency'.

The long path to 'real equality' for France's overseas territories

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France’s National Assembly, the lower house, on Tuesday approved the government’s proposed legislation that aims to significantly reduce the glaring social and economic inequalities between France’s overseas territories and the mainland over a period of two decades. The move was one of President François Hollande’s election pledges, and is set to be his last major reform before the next presidential elections in April 2017. The bill will now go before the upper house, the Senate, before returning to the National Assembly for its final adoption. Julien Sartre reports.

UN and French rights commission condemn state of emergency 'abuses'

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French President François Hollande on Wednesday told French parliament leaders that he will seek a third extension of state of emergency powers introduced immediately after the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead. The announcement followed two separate and fiercely critical reports published this week, one by the government’s own official consultative committee on human rights which denounced "abuses" and the "devastating damage" of the special powers the government has granted itself, and another by a panel of United Nations rights experts who said the measure had created “excessive and disproportionate restrictions”. Jérôme Hourdeaux reports.

France 'to demand that Google reveals secret search engine algorithm'

Press reports say the US firm would be required to reveal its formula for ranking websites under new legislation now before parliament.

French parliament begins debating controversial surveillance bill

The proposed new legislation aims to install sweeping spying powers to tackle terrorism, but which critics say place human rights under threat.

Tech firms threaten to leave France over mass surveillance moves

Seven companies, including web-hosting and technology firms OVH, IDS and Gandi, said 'real-time capture of data' will force them into exile.

French parliament readies new end-of-life legislation

Draft law moves a step closer to euthanasia by giving right to 'deep and ongoing sedation' until death for terminally-ill patients who request it.

French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage

Fifty Muslim activists have issued an open letter urging fellow Muslims to join a major Paris protest against the law at the weekend.

Socialists ponder their strategy faced with self-destruction of UMP

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.

France moves towards 'web neutrality' law

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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.