The French government proposed a new anti-terrorism bill at the Council of Ministers on Wednesday (April 28). The new bill aims to respond to new threats of terrorism by strengthening intelligence work and network surveillance.
Xinhua News Agency reported that French Prime Minister Castex stated at a press conference that day that the new bill is aimed at coping with more secretive new threats of terrorism and relying on new technologies to strengthen counter-terrorism measures.
Castex said that the recent terrorist attack at the police station in Rambouillet in the northern part of the country was carried out by individuals. The attacker was not the subject of surveillance by the counter-terrorism intelligence department before, and has no contact with known extremist organizations. Currently, terrorists are more inclined to use new means of communication, especially the Internet and social networks for activities. Therefore, the counter-terrorism department needs to strengthen the monitoring of social networks through new technologies to detect potential terrorist threats in time.
French Interior Minister Darmanin stated that none of the terrorist attacks in France since November 2015 were committed by persons returning from Iraq or Syria. At present, the main terrorist threat facing France has changed from an “exogenous threat” to an “endogenous threat”, and it is more difficult to track.
The French Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Justice began drafting this new anti-terrorism bill a few months ago, updating and strengthening the anti-terrorism intelligence law promulgated in 2015, the domestic security enhancement and anti-terrorism law promulgated in 2017, and the main content includes the release of persons who have been sentenced for terrorism. Extend the surveillance period, close religious sites suspected of terrorism, and strengthen network surveillance