France: the executive wants to sanction the dissemination of online information threatening others

Prime Minister Jean Castex wants a strengthening of the protection of civil servants and greater monitoring of social networks.

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After the assassination of history professor Samuel Paty, near Paris, the government wants to add provisions to the bill against “separatism” to improve the fight against online hatred and protect civil servants.


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Emmanuel Macron chaired, on October 23, a new Defense and National Security Council to examine new measures to fight radical Islamism.

After more than three hours of meeting, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the decisions taken to sanction endangering the lives of others on the internet, improve the fight against online hatred and strengthen the protection of civil servants.

The Council has already decided to supplement the bill with two new provisions.

On the one hand, the strengthening of the protection of civil servants and public officials by penalizing those who exert pressure by words or behavior as happened in Conflans-Sainte-Hornorine against Mr. Paty and the college principal ...

Jean Castex


The law on "separatism" will be presented on December 9 in the Council of Ministers.

It will include “

 the possibility of sanctioning those who put personal information online 

” threatening “

 the life of others 


For this, Jean Castex announced a reinforcement of the staff of the Pharos networks monitoring platform and the creation of "

 a specialized pole at the Paris prosecutor's office to centralize prosecutions and improve their efficiency 


The fight against online hatred will be done in consultation with the European Commission, added the Prime Minister.

New legislation (Digital Services Act) must indeed be unveiled by the end of the year by the European executive to better regulate the tech giants, in terms of data management, disinformation and hate speech in particular. .


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