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France: National Assembly passes 'anti-hooligan' bill00:46

France: National Assembly passes 'anti-hooligan' bill

France, Paris
February 5, 2019 at 19:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

The French National Assembly passed the 'anti-hooligan' bill in Paris on Tuesday, in the wake of months of Yellow Vest protests and civil unrest.

The bill, which will make it illegal for protesters to conceal their faces, was adopted by the National Assembly with a majority of 387 votes, while 92 voted against it and 50 deputies abstained. The bill will go to the Senate on March 12 for the second part of the vote.

According to one of the authors of the bill Jean-Francois Eliaou, the law will give "more judicial means to the police force to maintain public order and in order to fight against 'hooligans.'"

The bill makes full-face coverage punishable, as well as making it easier for law enforcement to use facial recognition technology to catch and prosecute rioters. Opponents of the bill have argued that its adoption will infringe civil liberties.

Protesters could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to €7,500 (US $8,560).

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The French National Assembly passed the 'anti-hooligan' bill in Paris on Tuesday, in the wake of months of Yellow Vest protests and civil unrest.

The bill, which will make it illegal for protesters to conceal their faces, was adopted by the National Assembly with a majority of 387 votes, while 92 voted against it and 50 deputies abstained. The bill will go to the Senate on March 12 for the second part of the vote.

According to one of the authors of the bill Jean-Francois Eliaou, the law will give "more judicial means to the police force to maintain public order and in order to fight against 'hooligans.'"

The bill makes full-face coverage punishable, as well as making it easier for law enforcement to use facial recognition technology to catch and prosecute rioters. Opponents of the bill have argued that its adoption will infringe civil liberties.

Protesters could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to €7,500 (US $8,560).

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