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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 05:06 AM
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France: Sarkozy government implements repressive police measures
On the direct orders of right-wing French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the national security intelligence services have been significantly overhauled, giving full powers to the police to prosecute any individual or social or political organization whose activity is likely to disturb public order. Thirteen-year-old children can now be prosecuted under this legislation.

Justifying the extension of the collection of police records on 13-year-olds, minister of the interior Michle Alliot-Marie said, We have observed an increase in child delinquency.

These developments represent a major attack on the freedom of expression and a threat to democratic rights. The mounting social crisis provoked by Sarkozys austerity programme has led to repeated protests by millions of French workers and youth. These changes are designed to curb mass resistance and political opposition.

A decree published July 1, 2008 in the Official Journal sets up a new data base called EDVIGE (Exploitation documentaire et valorisation de linformation gnraleDocumentary Exploitation and Enhancement of General Information).

EDVIGE organises the general and systematic establishment of files on all individuals aged 13 and over... who have sought, exercised or are exercising political, trade union or economic responsibilities or who play a significant institutional, economic, social or religious role. Its mission is to centralise and analyse information relating to individuals, groups, organisations... which by their individual or collective activity are likely to endanger public order.

EDVIGE will file even minor details: information concerning family status and profession: home addresses, telephone numbers and electronic addresses... photographs, behaviour; ID documents; vehicle number plates; information on tax and property; travel and judicial records... information about the persons milieu, especially on present and former relationships, direct or chance.

This gives powers to the police to spy on all the movements and private relations of people. The decree has been criticised by civil rights organisations, particularly regarding prosecution of suspects who are minors.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:14 AM
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1. Jeebus, he's making the Italian fascists look like slackers. n/t
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