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France: Parliament passes new spying law on day of NSA scandal00:41

France: Parliament passes new spying law on day of NSA scandal

France, Paris
June 25, 2015 at 19:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

The French parliament voted in new legislation during a National Assembly meeting in Paris, Wednesday, making it easier for intelligence services to gather information on the public. The decision was made on the same day WikiLeaks revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had monitored high-ranking French politicians and diplomats.

The bill, introduced in April as a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, was approved by legislators in France's upper house earlier in June. The new legal framework for national surveillance reportedly includes the use of wiretapping and other surveillance methods to gather information on members of the public without the need for judicial warrants. The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said there were no links between the NSA spying scandal and the bill, dismissing the idea that the legislation allowed blanket surveillance of the public.

French President Francois Hollande called an emergency meeting on Wednesday after WikiLeaks revealed that the NSA had collected data on French politicians including Hollande himself and former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.

WikiLeaks began publishing documents online on Tuesday under the name 'Espionnage Elysee.' The information contained in the documents - which date back 10 years - reportedly includes the phone numbers of French politicians and diplomats as well as intelligence summaries of talks between French diplomats and other EU politicians. Subjects included in the documents include the Greek debt crisis, the German NSA scandal and the future of the European Union.

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The French parliament voted in new legislation during a National Assembly meeting in Paris, Wednesday, making it easier for intelligence services to gather information on the public. The decision was made on the same day WikiLeaks revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had monitored high-ranking French politicians and diplomats.

The bill, introduced in April as a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, was approved by legislators in France's upper house earlier in June. The new legal framework for national surveillance reportedly includes the use of wiretapping and other surveillance methods to gather information on members of the public without the need for judicial warrants. The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said there were no links between the NSA spying scandal and the bill, dismissing the idea that the legislation allowed blanket surveillance of the public.

French President Francois Hollande called an emergency meeting on Wednesday after WikiLeaks revealed that the NSA had collected data on French politicians including Hollande himself and former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.

WikiLeaks began publishing documents online on Tuesday under the name 'Espionnage Elysee.' The information contained in the documents - which date back 10 years - reportedly includes the phone numbers of French politicians and diplomats as well as intelligence summaries of talks between French diplomats and other EU politicians. Subjects included in the documents include the Greek debt crisis, the German NSA scandal and the future of the European Union.