For several weeks now, France has been in the grip of intense tension following the “global security” bill proposed by the presidential majority and supported by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.
In particular, Article 24 – which provides for the sanctioning of the dissemination of images of police officers with the intention of harming their physical and psychological integrity – is highly criticized. All the media, human rights defenders, and many citizens mobilized to denounce a liberticidal article in that it impedes the freedom to inform and promotes a sense of impunity for police officers.
After the muscular evacuation of migrants by the forces of law and order on the Place de la République in Paris on November 23rd, and the intolerable beating by police officers of producer Michel Zecler in his recording studio, the political crisis reached its climax, forcing Parliament to revise its copy.
“Incompatible with human rights,” said five UN rapporteurs on December 3, who are calling on France to reconsider its bill. Embarrassing for the “fatherland of human rights”, indeed…
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