France: New Anti-Terrorism Law Takes Effect

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Authored by Soren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The new law authorizes prefects to order the closure of mosques or other places of worship for a period of up to six months if preachers are deemed to express "ideas or theories" that "incite violence, hatred or discrimination, provoke the commission of acts of terrorism or express praise for such acts."
  • French police and intelligence services are surveilling around 15,000 jihadists living on French soil, Le Journal du Dimanche reported on October 9. Of these, some 4,000 are at "the top of the spectrum" and most likely to carry out an attack.
  • Of the 1,900 French jihadists fighting with the Islamic State, as many as one-fifth have received as much as €500,000 ($580,000) in social welfare payments from the French state, Le Figaro revealed on October 26.

French President Emmanuel Macron has formally signed a new counter-terrorism law which gives prefects, police and security forces wide-ranging powers — without the need to seek prior approval from a judge — to search homes, place people under house arrest and close places of worship. The measure also authorizes police to perform identity checks at French borders.

The new law, adopted by the French Senate on October 18, makes permanent many of the previously exceptional measures imposed under a two-year-old state of emergency, which was introduced after the jihadist attacks in Paris in November 2015. That state of emergency was slated to expire on November 1.

During a signing ceremony at the Élysée Palace on October 30, Macron said the compromise measure strikes the right balance between security and respect for civil liberties. Hardliners counter that the new law does not go far enough, while human rights groups complain that it will leave France in a permanent state of emergency.

The new law — Law to Strengthen Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism (Loi renforçant la sécurité intérieure et la lutte contre le terrorisme) — consists of seven main parts:

Security Zones. The new law gives prefects, the top government official in each of France's departments or regions, the power to designate public areas and sporting or cultural events, including music concerts, that are deemed to be at risk of terrorism, as security zones. The law authorizes police to search all persons or vehicles attempting to enter such areas or events. Anyone refusing to submit to such searches will be denied access.

 

Closing Places of Worship. The new law authorizes prefects to order the closure of mosques or other places of worship for a period of up to six months if preachers are deemed to express "ideas or theories" that "incite violence, hatred or discrimination, provoke the commission of acts of terrorism or express praise for such acts." Violations are punishable by six months in prison and a fine of €7,500 ($8,750). Opponents of the law argue that "ideas" and "theories" are subjective and therefore open to abuse.

 

House Arrest. The new law authorizes the Minister of the Interior to confine suspected Islamists, even those who are not accused of a specific crime, to the town or city of their domicile. Any individual for whom there are "serious reasons to believe that his or her conduct constitutes a particularly serious threat to public security and public order," may be placed under house arrest — without the prior approval of a judge — for a period of three months, renewable for additional periods of three months to a maximum period of one year. Individuals subject to such confinement will be required to report to their local police station once a day. Alternatively, individuals may be placed under mobile electronic surveillance. The Minister of the Interior may also prohibit individuals from being in direct or indirect contact with certain persons, named by name, who are believed to pose a threat to public security. Violations of the measures are punishable by three years in prison and a fine of €45,000 ($52,500).

 

Search and Seizure. The new law authorizes a prefect to ask a judge for a warrant to search the home of anyone suspected of posing a threat to public security. The individual being searched may be detained for up to four hours if he or she represents "a threat of particular gravity for security and public order" and has "habitual contact to persons or organizations with terrorist aims" or supports and adheres to ideas inciting to such acts. The law also authorizes police to seize any documents, objects or electronic data at the place being searched.

 

Radicalized Public Servants. A civil servant working in fields related to national security or defense can be transferred or even dismissed from the public service if he or she is found to hold beliefs that are "incompatible with the exercise of his or her duties." Soldiers can also be discharged for similar motives.

 

Electronic Surveillance and Data Collection. The new law authorizes the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Transport to collect the telephone and email communications of suspicious individuals "for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offenses and serious crimes." The law also allows security services to access travel information, including from travel agencies, about airline and maritime passengers. Data collection "shall exclude personal data that may reveal a person's racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs, political opinions, trade union membership, or data relating to the health or sexual life of the person concerned."

 

Border Checks. The new law authorizes police to conduct warrantless identity checks at more than 118 border areas and 373 airports, seaports and train stations, as well as the surrounding areas up to a radius of 20 kilometers. This encompasses 28.6% of French territory and 67% of the French population, according to Le Monde. Critics say this includes many mainly immigrant suburbs and could lead to harassment of ethnic minorities.

Macron insisted that the new law will allow authorities to combat terrorism "without abandoning our values and principles" and that it will enshrine "full and permanent respect for France's constitutional order and traditions of liberty." He also pledged to review the law in two years and to make any changes deemed necessary.


Pictured: Police patrol the Champs-Élysées in Paris after a terrorist attack on April 21, 2017, in which one police officer was killed and another wounded. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the anti-immigration National Front party, criticized the law for being too weak:

"This law is a scam, it is a sub-state of emergency, we will not vote for this harmful text. It will be even less effective than the state of emergency because it is less applicable. This text does not address either the specific Islamic dimension of terrorism or the Islamist ideology that has declared war on us."

Civil rights groups, by contrast, complained about what they have described as a "normalization of emergency powers." Human Rights Watch wrote:

"The law takes elements of emergency practices — intrusive search powers, restrictions on individuals that have bordered on house arrest, closure of places of worship — that have been used abusively since November 2015, and makes them normal criminal and administrative practice. It does all this in a way that weakens the judiciary's control over and ability to check against abuse in the way the new counterterrorism powers are used by prefects, the Interior Ministry's appointed delegates in each region."

Amnesty International echoed these concerns:

"Rather than ushering in a period of restored freedoms and civil liberties, the legislation threatens to do the opposite by embedding a raft of repressive measures into ordinary law."

The new law has encountered little resistance from the public. A September 26 poll conducted for Le Figaro found that 57% of respondents said they were in favor of the new law; 62% of respondents said the measure will infringe on civil liberties; 85% said it would improve their security.

More than 230 people have been killed in jihadist attacks in France since January 2015, when Islamic radicals attacked the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in central Paris.

The latest fatalities occurred on October 1, when a 29-year-old illegal immigrant from Tunisia stabbed two women to death at the central train station in Marseille. The man, identified as Ahmed A., was using seven different identities and had a long history of petty crime. He had been arrested just days before the attack for shoplifting, but those charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. It remains unclear why he was never deported.

French police and intelligence services are surveilling around 15,000 jihadists living on French soil, Le Journal du Dimanche reported on October 9. Of these, some 4,000 are at "the top of the spectrum" and most likely to carry out an attack.

Of the 1,900 French jihadists fighting with the Islamic State, as many as one-fifth have received as much as €500,000 ($580,000) in social welfare payments from the French state, Le Figaro revealed on October 26.

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Youri Carma's picture

Bye bye liberty, welcome police state.

Of course it's all for our own safety.

Lex_Luthor's picture

Liberty and islam exclude each other, you moron!

MozartIII's picture

"Closing a mosque for 6 months" Ya, that fill fix the problem........

How come where there is no islum, we don't have such problems?  What if there is such a cultural diference, there should be permanent seperation and boundaries?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

Dormouse's picture

It's about time the Fench made terrorism illegal. They've had a nasty string of imported goat-fuckers killing their citizens. I'm still not seeing a law to eliminate trucks though.

MozartIII's picture

You might have missed the point.

gladih8r's picture

The French gov't ought to shut the border and build up a wall along it to keep all muzzies out. 

They can call it the "Muzzie-not Line".

new game's picture

cutting the chase; kill or be killed.

ssm

jughead's picture

OMG THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!!!!!!!

HRClinton's picture

Who knowingly and willfully imported the dangerous vermin in the first place? 

Hint: Gov technocrats.

The same technocrats, who now need more Central Planning Control.

NWO, libertarian bitchez!

jughead's picture

yep, but the yellow-bellied fucking wussies don't get that...they'll give up anything for the illusion of safety. 

 

 

Badsamm's picture

Well, that should fix it. Why didn’t just write more laws to protect NYC yesterday

Lex_Luthor's picture

Ok, start closing. Every single one of them.

Herodotus's picture

There was more liberty, equality, and fraternity under King Louis XVI.

Lex_Luthor's picture

You mean the liberty of ramming some innocent people by a truck in the name of some mythical creature or do you think a different kind of liberty maybe?

nmewn's picture

We should let them erect a mosque on the bike path. 

You know, as a good will gesture ;-)

Weisshorn's picture

"A civil servant working in fields related to national security or defense can be transferred or even dismissed from the public service if he or she is found to hold beliefs that are "incompatible with the exercise of his or her duties." Soldiers can also be discharged for similar motives."

Let the Nationalist purges begin...

2banana's picture

What percentage of France's military is already muslim?

When it reaches a critical mass - they will obey only sharia law.

tweet_twat_tt's picture

Not that much. Since it's a professional army since the late 90s. Before, all men had to do their military service, regardless of creed.

Infinite QE's picture

How about those that propagate the talmud? Certainly as insane and dangerous as the koran.

zvzzt's picture

Well, perhaps true (personally never read either book/fairly tale), but there is ALWAYS a difference between reading stuff and your actions. I've read lots of books about murder, theft, torture, mass murder but still I never went into politics. 

Infinite QE's picture

'cept in the case of the talmud, an entire country, israel, is based on the its world view. Meaning that they treat the populace of the world based on the teachings contained within. Look for some of the videos on rabbi yosef, the now deceased former head rabbi of israhell. Who's son has now picked up where his demonic father left off.

HRClinton's picture

But invariably thoughts and ideas lead to some kind of action. 

E.g. all those Playboy & Penthouse articles ("Dear Xaviera...") lead to teenagers going from reading to doing. Either by yourself or with someone else.  ;-)

No?  

Panic Mode's picture

Yeah, so what. These religious fanatics are still in your country. Even worst, they can piss around the whole Europe free as air. Good luck catching them.

2banana's picture

1. Let in muslims

2. Take away freedoms from the native population

3. Let in more muslims

4. Impose a police state for "safety"

5. Let in more muslims...

 

 

It is almost like it was planned...

house biscuit's picture

Islam is not the problem; although some among us are trying to make it a problem

The real terrorists, by & large, collect a gov't paycheck

The working assumption for any terror attack should be that it is a cabal/gov't false flag, or hoax

2banana's picture

Stop making excuses for the islamic death cult.

It has a 1500 year history of this sort of behavior to nonbelievers EVERYWHERE it infects.

Islam's founder was a mass murderer, slave trader, child rapist, sex slave trafficker, slave master, executioner, terrorist, liar, thief and a hater of dogs.

Mad mo was considered the "perfect muslim"

Are we really surprised when any muslim decides to be just like his/her "holy prophet" in actions, words and behavior?

 

HRClinton's picture

"Stop making excuses for all 3 absolutist death cults."

FIFY

How many tens of millions have the other two death cults caused in the last 1000 years? 

All this baby Jesus talk, and all this "Though shall not kill, covet..." talk for centuries, and a trail of hundreds of millions begin them

Nuke the 3 centers of the 3 death cults (Mecca, Jerusalem and Rome), and be done with them.

GeezerGeek's picture

The biggest death cult in the USSA is comprised of those who support abortion.

The problem with Islamists is they do what their scriptures tell them to.

The problem with Jews is that, for the most part, they ignore the Torah - inspired by God, they would say - and generally go along with the Talmudic teachings, which are man-made.

The problem with "Christians" is that they (particularly the Roman Catholics, as evidenced by the Inquisition) perform all sorts of actions which are contrary to the teachings found in the New Testament and yet claim it is proper to do so. All Christians, by their own standards, sin. Some recognise what they've done is wrong and seek mercy and grace. Others do not recognise the sinfulness of their actions, and probably aren't Christians.

As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no restriction on who can call himself a Christian. Whether they are or not requires more wisdom than I possess. And to quote Barry, that's above my pay grade. But sooner or later the wheat will be separated from the chaff. 

TuPhat's picture

When there are two problems, ignoring one does not make the other go away.  They are not always false flags or hoaxes either.  Your world view is too simple.  All terror attacks are facilitated by government in order to take away freedoms but that does not excuse the murderous behavior of the muslim perpetrators.  If I have a leaky roof and leaky plumbing the floor gets wet unless I fix both.  Pretending that one of the leaks did not get the floor wet will not solve the problem.

shovelhead's picture

"Islam is not the problem."

 

OK, then let's get real. The problem is the people who practice Islam.

Better?

Swamp Yankee's picture

Terrorism is now ILLEGAL!  Yay, we're saved!

cherry picker's picture

The USA supports terrorists as John Kerrly admitted so does that make we Americans in France terrorists?

What about the fucking CIA?

Stef1304's picture

Since France becoming OTAN member and the Libya war, isn't France (almost) an US colony ?

Ps - When I opened i bank account for my Company in Paris, i had to sign a paper related to the US ! WTF !?! (similar as when i fly in to the US) It felt very weird. 
I mean how would a US citizen feel if they had to sign a paper related to the French or German goverment, while wanting to open an US bank account ? 

 

TuPhat's picture

I have had to sign many papers saying I did not have an interest in a foriegn bank account.  I live in the US.  Where have you been?

Mineshaft Gap's picture

"The new law has encountered little resistance from the public."

Fools! Don't they understand how their petty desire to live can set back the cause of multiculturalism by years?!

house biscuit's picture

Cute, but you're missing the point

TPTB don't give 2 shits for cultural values

But they play cultures against one another to achieve control

 

TuPhat's picture

Close all the mosques.  They can go to mecca to worship.

tweet_twat_tt's picture

If we wanted to kick terrorism in the balls, we would squeeze hard their state sponsors... Are we ?

And we would stop destabilizing country after country in the middle east.

Do I feel more safe with Police state measures ? I don't.

But I am all for arresting radical imams.

syzygysus's picture

And this, kiddies, is how ‘exceptional measures’ become common sense laws!

tuetenueggel's picture

Its for your personal safety stupid !!

jughead's picture

will you give me a blow job for your personal safety too?  How bout your wife or daughter...willing to let me fuck them once a week for the promise of your safety?  Or are you just into giving away other people's stuff for your safety you yellow-bellied piece of shit. 

If you put safety before liberty, you are a fucking moron who deserves neither. 

house biscuit's picture

I believe you're upset over sarcasm

SubjectivObject's picture

but his response works better than the, vaguely, implicit sarcasm

win win

Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

Hate to say it but Marine is right.

If the law does not address the specific profile of the part of the population blamed for the problem then it is, in fact, directed against the whole of the electorate - answering in part the qui bono question and implying that the established power elite has more culpability in these (home grown) attacks than it would care to admit.

Infinite QE's picture

Fucks sake. Islam was brought into these countries by (((those))) running the money system in order to destroy the white society. How many fucking times does it have to be said to get it into the thickening skulls of white society? All these new fangled laws are not created to limit islam but to destroy those who stand up to islam and their talmudic sponsors.

Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

(((Jesus Christ))) thats bollocks.

Religion is a bottom up thing. That you have no clue about such suggests that you have none and are simply aiming to deflect a serious matter of incompetence and corruption into white fright delusion.

historian40's picture

Jesus of the tribe of Judah, not "jewish".  He rebuked the traditions of the Pharisees(Judaism).

 

Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

You must be one of those revisionist historians.

(((God))) will not be pleased, lucky (((Shimon Peter))) will be there to protect you from His wrath.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

Okay. Take out a King James. Start at Matthew and read through Acts. Read slowly so you actually understand what you are looking at.