France’s ruling party promises change to controversial security law

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“It is because we are determined to protect our police force and to do so without ambiguity, but also to remove doubts and misunderstandings. […] that we are therefore going to propose a complete new wording of article 24 ”, declared Christophe Castaner, the leader of the La République en Marche party, at a press conference! from Macron to parliament.
Castaner did not say how Article 24, which would penalize the dissemination of images of police officers with the intention of harming them, could be rewritten.

Protests have taken place across France over the past week against the so-called “global security law,” which also includes controversial provisions that critics say would expand the state’s right to monitor its security. citizens.

There is also opposition to the so-called “new national police system,” announced in September by Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin, which forces journalists to disperse during protests by order of the police, thus preventing them. to cover the aftermath of protests in real time, which in recent years have often been stormy.

More than 100 local elected officials in the Paris region announced their participation in a demonstration on Saturday via a public forum in the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.

The protests marked the end of a tense week which saw two major incidents of police violence, as the law was under review by the French lower house, the National Assembly.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday and was due to be put to a vote in the Senate early next year.

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