French Nat'l Assembly approves anti-terror bill

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 22, 2005 18:44

France's parliament approved an anti-terrorism bill Thursday that will boost the use of video surveillance and allow police more time to question terror suspects. The bill, sponsored by law-and-order Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, passed its final hurdle in parliament with the vote at the National Assembly. Sarkozy, a member of the conservative ruling party, has sought to assure lawmakers the measure would not violate civil liberties, as some fear. The law will allow mosques, department stores and other potential targets to install surveillance cameras, and it will stiffen prison terms for terrorists and those providing support. It also will enable police to monitor people who travel to countries known to harbor terror-training camps, and to extend the detention period for terror suspects from four days to up to six days.


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