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French deputy from the Renaissance group Sacha Houlié (center), during a question session to the government at the National Assembly, in Paris, December 20, 2023.

Since the passing of the primary “intelligence” regulation in 2015, it has been a very long time since Parliament has devoted a lot time to points linked to exterior threats and the technique of defending the nation. The National Assembly started, Tuesday March 26, the examination of a proposed regulation in opposition to overseas interference introduced by Sacha Houlié, president (Renaissance) of the regulation committee. The debates had been marked by energetic exchanges between the bulk, the National Rally (RN) and La France insoumise (LFI), every social gathering having in thoughts the present marketing campaign for the European elections in June.

The examination of the proposed regulation takes place in a selected context, following the a number of accusations made by the Macron camp in opposition to the RN on the proximity of Marine Le Pen's formation with Russia. At the beginning of 2023, Emmanuel Macron warned of the truth that “war is no longer declared, it is waged quietly, insidiously, it is hybrid”.

If Parliament itself takes up, for the primary time, a textual content linked to intelligence, precarious of government energy, this emancipation nonetheless stays relative. Mr. Houlié, the truth is, faithfully relays the expectations of the intelligence companies and reduces his ambition on exterior interference to 4 small articles. A theme which nonetheless occupied a lot of the 2023 annual report of the parliamentary intelligence delegation which he then chaired.

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For Mr. Houlié, the textual content goals, over a four-year experimental interval, to supply the means to establish makes an attempt at interference utilizing know-how. The authorities, by the Minister Delegate for Europe, Jean-Noël Barrot, welcomed this proposed regulation which he described as “decisive progress” face “to the blindness of our democratic societies”. By act of interference, the textual content means “the deliberate intervention of a natural or legal person acting on behalf of a foreign power” in opposition to the basic pursuits of the nation, info programs or the sincerity of votes.

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To do that, the deputies adopted, on Tuesday, the creation “from a directory” containing the listing of “interest representatives acting on behalf of a foreign principal” who should declare themselves to the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP). If they’re prosecuted for making an attempt to affect public choices or opinion or in the event that they collected or paid funds for this objective, they danger three years in jail and a positive of 45,000 euros in addition to expulsion. For authorized entities, the textual content gives for a positive of 225,000 euros and, particularly, exclusion from public contracts.

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