France, state of emergency forever?

This video says about itself:

Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at Global Climate March in Paris

29 November 2015

Crowds gathered in the French capital on Sunday to attend a global march for the climate, despite the ban on gatherings enforced by French authorities.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

France’s state of emergency could be extended indefinitely

France’s parliament has already voted to extend the country’s state of emergency following the Paris attacks for three months

Samuel Osborne

4 hours ago

Emergency powers given to French police could be extended indefinitely, despite warnings from human rights groups.

France’s parliament has already voted to extend the country’s state of emergency following the Paris attacks for three months, giving the police powers to keep people in their homes without trial, search the homes of people without a warrant from a judge and block any website deemed a problem.

A draft law, seen by news agency Agence France-Presse, could extend France’s state of emergency beyond the current three month extension.

The measures mean anyone suspected of posing a threat to security can be placed under house arrest for 12 hours a day to restrict their movement.

Under the laws, public demonstrations are banned and groups inciting acts which could seriously affect public order can be dissolved.

“Right now the protection of the population from further imminent attack is rightly the number one priority,” John Dalhuisen, Director of Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Programme said.

“But the emergency powers currently being rushed through parliament provide for a sweeping extension of executive powers at the expense of essential human rights safeguards.

“They must be used only when strictly necessary and should not become a permanent addition to France’s anti-terror arsenal.”

At the moment, this state of emergency increases the powers of the government of President Hollande.

President Hollande‘s Socialist party government broke its election promises, and basically continued with their ‘center right’ predecessor Sarkozy‘s policies of austerity, war and racism, eg, by Prime Minister Valls against Roma.

Things might get even worse for civil liberties in France than they are already.

The bad experiences with the governments of Mr Sarkozy and Mr Hollande may drive voters to the neo-fascist National Front of Marine Le Pen.

In the hands of Ms Le Pen, the governmental powers of the state of emergency would become an easy stepping stone towards a cruel dictatorship.

There are unfortunately signs that this horrible scenario might become reality. See also here.

FRENCH President Francois Hollande sought yesterday to extend the country’s draconian state of emergency: here.

More French Racism as Prime Minister [Valls] Says Refugees Put Idea of Europe in Danger: here.

In a report published February 3, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), has denounced the abuses of the Police and the French State under the State of urgency. HRW’s report points to the systematic, arbitrary denials of basic democratic rights by the French police, unchecked by the judiciary under the terms of the state of emergency, and targeting of people of Muslim descent: here.

Amid rising tensions in Europe and popular anger with the draconian austerity policies Paris is imposing under the state of emergency, factional warfare has erupted inside the ruling Socialist Party (PS). Last Thursday, Lille mayor and 2012 presidential hopeful Martine Aubry published a full-page commentary in Le Monde, co-signed with a number of PS legislators and Daniel Cohn-Bendit of the German Green Party, criticizing President François Hollande’s policies: here.

French parliament extends state of emergency amid rising protests: here</a

New French Prime Minister Cazeneuve prolongs state of emergency: here.

44 thoughts on “France, state of emergency forever?

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  2. Emergency powers for ever? no just as long as it takes to have a enlightened governing power who’s brain is no longer hard wired to violent authoritarian reactive resolutions? the bad news it may take some centuries to happen?
    But for those who do not get what I mean? think centuries of antagonistic violence between France and Britain? now they are all buddies? with a million or so Brits now living in peace in France and vice versa? its all so simple? clue it all began when French and British forces killed each other by thousands at Waterloo after baptism of the blood bath a realization began to dawn we are sort of the same but we thought we were different? funny how its all so peculiar? until you get the formula!


  3. Thursday 11th February 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    FRENCH MPs voted 317-199 yesterday in favour of a Bill which will enshrine draconian emergency powers in the country’s constitution.

    The government claims the measures, including the authority to strip French terrorists of their citizenship, are needed to fight extremism.

    The French Communist Party condemned the legislation, saying it didn’t “provide any response to the challenges facing our people.”

    Its citizenship provisions feed “dangerous” reactions and were based on a misunderstanding of the problem of terrorism, it said, with the communists opposing “racist scapegoating” and “deepening division.”

    The party argued instead for measures to bring together France’s citizens and communities and “honour [the republic’s] promise of liberty, equality and fraternity.”

    Stripping terrorists of citizenship could leave them stateless, the communists added.


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