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Parliament definitively adopted by a ultimate massive vote of the National Assembly a regulation geared toward strengthening the French legislative arsenal in opposition to international interference, Wednesday June 5. Four days earlier than the European elections on June 9, the Renaissance invoice was adopted by a ultimate massive vote of the National Assembly, with 138 votes for and 10 in opposition to.

The invoice intends particularly to create a nationwide register of affect, a process for freezing monetary belongings, and to experimentally strengthen this struggle via algorithmic surveillance presently reserved for anti-terrorism.

“The adoption of this text offers effective weapons to our intelligence services to face it”, greeted in a press launch the deputy for Vienne Sacha Houlié, who had launched this invoice with Thomas Gassilloud (Rhône, Renaissance) and Constance Le Grip (Hauts-de-Seine, Renaissance), primarily based on the work of the delegation parliamentarian for intelligence. The latter defends proposals “essential and necessary as the reality and danger of foreign interference in our country are proven”.

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She cites the celebs of David tagged on partitions in Ile-de-France, the purple palms painted on the Shoah Memorial, and the “fake coffins” positioned beneath the Eiffel Tower. Moscow is suspected of being behind these acts of destabilization. “It is crucial to strengthen our arsenal”supported the Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Franck Riester, evoking a “democracy attacked from within and without”.

The invoice acquired the assist of the appropriate, the independents of the group Libertés, independents, abroad and territories and the National Rally (RN), even when the deputy Kévin Pfeffer (Moselle, RN) denounced a “little law (…) very far from the issues”. The left, however, was divided. If the socialists supported the textual content, the one member of the environmentalist group who voted abstained. Communist and “rebel” deputies voted in opposition to.

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Algorithmic monitoring gadget

This textual content “is not only empty and ineffective, it is dangerous. It uses the fight against foreign interference as a pretext to further reduce the space for public freedoms.criticized the deputy Aurélien Saintoul (Hauts-de-Seine, La France insoumise) defending in vain a motion to reject.

In its sights: the expansion to cases of foreign interference, on an experimental basis and for four years, of an algorithmic surveillance system launched in 2015, intended to identify connection data on the Internet. It was until now restricted to terrorism, but the authors of the text hope that it will provide more convincing results against interference.

Opponents of the measure are concerned about the scope set in the law, believing that it will allow these algorithms to be used beyond this area. The La Quadrature du Net association criticized “a new stage in security escalation”.

The proposed regulation additionally intends to oblige representatives of international pursuits who foyer in France, particularly with elected officers, to register on a nationwide register managed by the High Authority for the transparency of public life, with a regime sanctions. It would come into power on 1er July 2025.

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Will be affected “natural or legal persons” who would attempt to“influence public decision-making” or French public insurance policies, for instance by coming into contact with candidates within the presidential, legislative, senatorial and European elections, parliamentarians, ministers, sure native elected officers and even former presidents of the Republic.


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Part of the left had referred to as for extra safeguards, worrying in regards to the penalties for sure journalists, international opposition events or non-governmental organizations. Foreign entities thought of as potential sponsors could be corporations managed by states, political events exterior the European Union (EU) or international powers themselves, all the time exterior the EU. The textual content additionally gives for a freezing of the monetary belongings of individuals, corporations or entities participating in interference actions.

The senators additionally established an aggravating circumstance for crimes and offenses dedicated within the curiosity of a international energy, firm or group. And voted for using particular investigative strategies (tapping, localization, and many others.) in authorized proceedings in opposition to these crimes and misdemeanors.

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