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New French anti-terror law to intensify e-surveillance, travel controls

[JURIST] Acting in the aftermath of the London bombings [JURIST news archive], the French government [official website] has finalized a new draft anti-terror law that would bolster the country’s video, telephone and Internet surveillance as well as tighten travel controls into “countries at risk”. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile] said in a speech [text in French] in Paris Friday that the 16-article draft law would bolster the government's ability to track suspicious activity. The draft, which will be presented to the Cabinet on October 19, will also extend prison terms for leaders and members of extremist groups. Addressing concerns of civil liberties groups, the bill's provisions on police wiretap and Internet monitoring powers have a three-year limit. AFP has more.

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