France Adopts New Laws to Combat Terrorism

(New York Times) Aurelien Breeden - French lawmakers last month adopted two new laws to strengthen the government's ability to fight terrorism and Islamist extremism. One law gives France's security services more tools to keep track of suspected terrorists and surveil them online. The other aims to combat extremist ideas in French society by toughening conditions for home-schooling, tightening rules for associations seeking state subsidies, and giving authorities new powers to close places of worship seen as condoning hateful or violent ideas. "We are giving ourselves the means to fight against those who misuse religion to attack the values of the Republic," said Gerald Darmanin, France's interior minister. One article of the new law, added after the decapitation of a schoolteacher after videos criticizing him widely circulated on social media, criminalizes the act of publishing someone's private information online if there is clear intent to put them in harm's way.

2021-08-05 00:00:00

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