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From: Inside Story

Inside Story: France under surveillance

A new French bill gives sweeping powers to intelligence services, while bypassing the judiciary.

The surveillance bill, passed by the French parliament with a large majority, gives the intelligence services sweeping powers, while bypassing the judiciary.

Those services, by virtue of this bill, would be allowed to tap cellphones, read emails and force internet providers to share their clients’ communications.

The government says it would help France fend off possible security threats.

But what about personal freedoms and people’s privacy? And will this bill make France safe?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Renaud Girard – Chief Correspondent at Le Figaro Newspaper.

Vidhya Ramamlingam – Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Gauri Van Gulik – Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Amnesty International.