This video says about itself:
17 November 2016
French human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati says extreme measures of mass surveillance targeting Muslims are not effective in deterring terrorism.
Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant:
Macron‘s new anti-terrorist law causes protests: ‘Freedom of citizens is affected’
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have protested against French president Macron‘s a new anti-terrorist law. Macron wants to cancel the state of emergency on 1 November, but wants to transfer parts of it to normal law. For example, the freedom of movement of a suspect can be restricted without prior permission from a judge.
By Peter Giesen July 2, 2017, 9:25 PM
‘An unacceptable transfusion of the state of emergency to ordinary law’, jurist Paul Cassia judged. “The freedom of citizens can be affected on the basis of simple suspicion.” …
These are people who can not be addressed by criminal law because there are insufficient elements justifying a judicial inquiry. …
However, according to Amnesty International, many people have been wrongly given house arrest. Since November 2015, this measure has been imposed on 612 people, of whom 66 still are on house arrest now. In no case anyone has been accused of terrorism, according to Amnesty.
However, spectacular misses have become known. Thus Halim Abdelmalek received house arrest because he was supposed to have taken photographs of Riss, the chief editor of Charlie Hebdo. In fact, he spoke in his phone after visiting his mother who lived in the same complex.
Because it is almost always Muslims who are the victims of such mistakes, too stringent anti-terrorism measures can be experienced as discriminatory, said Jacques Toubon, the défenseur de droits, a sort of ombudsman. Consequently, national cohesion is endangered, Toubon said. …
However, the CNCDH Human Rights Commission speaks of a “permanent state of emergency”.
French State of the Union: ‘monarchical theater play’?
President Macron will today pronounce a French variant of the US State of the Union. To this end he convened Congress in Versailles, the joint assembly of the National Assembly and the Senate. Macron has hinted that he wants to make this an annual tradition.
The convening of Congress is heavily criticized by the opposition, which believes that the French president is increasingly assuming monarchical pretensions. The radical left-wing La France Insoumise of Jean-Luc Mélenchon will boycott Congress. “I do not feel like going to Versailles to listen to the Sun King,” said MP François Ruffin.
The right-wing Republicans will come, but are very critical. “Congress must come together to debate constitutional reforms, not to improve the image of the president,” said Damien Abad.
The French State of the Union replaces the television interview with the president on July 14, a tradition established by Giscard d’Estaing in the 1970s. According to Macron‘s entourage, the president’s mindset is “too complex” for a question and answer game with a journalist. However, critics believe that he does not like critical questions and prefers a quasi-monarchical theater play amidst the splendor of Versailles.
The Versailles palace was built when France was an absolute monarchy, making it possible for the king to be away from critical people in the capital Paris.