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France mulls extending piracy laws to include streaming and direct downloads - Engadget

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Civil War Brewing for the Cultural Left - Breitbart

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The blood was scarcely cold on the corpses of the murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists before progressives began to call them racist. Among them was Jonathan McIntosh, our Hitchens-hating friend from the previous section, leading some bloggers to dub him “Jihad Jonathan.” But he wasn’t alone. Around the world, it soon became apparent that a number of news organisations, including Sky, CNN, the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph were refusing to run the cartoons. on the grounds of religious offence.

It is understandable for these outlets to be afraid of people with guns. What is less understandable to many liberals is being afraid of people of people with petitions. The left-libertarian journal Spiked, which has become a focal point for people dissatisfied with the mainstream left, recently wrote a biting piece of satire outlining how a mix of student boycotts and Change.org petitions might have ended Charlie Hebdo altogether, had it been published in the UK. The article was shared over four thousand times.

But it’s not just Brendan O’Neill who’s noticed the rise of the “Stepford Students”. His longtime opponent, the liberal columnist Nick Cohen has been warning about the very same thing. Chris Rock, also a liberal, recently revealed that he no longer performs comedy for student audiences, arguing that they were too “conservative” in the way they handled offensive content.

His use of the word “conservative” is telling. For decades, it was social conservatives who put pressure on private institutions to censor material that offended them. Cinemas that screened Monty Python movies were boycotted, panics were stoked about the “satanism” of Dungeons & Dragons, and born-again Christians led campaigns against violent videogames.

Today, however, it is progressives who are not just standing up for the right of private censorship, but also actively demand it. It is progressives, not Christian conservatives, who now lead campaigns against sex and violence in the media. And it was progressive students, not middle-aged moral crusaders, who banned a pop song on over 20 university campuses.
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World Pastry Cup kicks off in France

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 Aspiring pastry chefs, chocoholics and sweet tooths take note: A competition that stakes a country’s honor on flour, chocolate, sugar and butter is set to take place in France starting Sunday.

At the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, 21 teams represented by a pastry chef, chocolatier and master ice cream maker will compete for the chance to be named the best in their class for the next two years.

The World Pastry Cup is held alongside the Bocuse d’Or every two years.

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France: Perfume and makeup sales drive the prestige market

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France: Perfume and makeup sales drive the prestige market

In a generally gloomy economic context, prestige cosmetics have avoided a big crash in France thanks to a rather dynamic second half. According to the latest figures released by The NPD Group, the market only recorded a slight decrease of -0.6 per cent in 2014, against -0.9 per cent in 2013. This outcome could have been much worse without French craze for perfume and makeup.

“Once again, the French beauty market shows that its ability to resist in a difficult economic environment,” said The NPD Group. According to the market research firm, sales of selective cosmetics decreased by -0.6% in 2014 (vs. -0.9% in 2013) and achieved a total turnover of nearly 2.9 billion euros.


Recording an increase of +0.2% over 2014, perfume drove the French beauty market. © Dmitriy Titov / shutterstock.com
Two contrasted periods

The year was marked by two major phases. The first half was marked by a significant downturn (-1.5 per cent), followed by a rebound in sales from August, thanks to a trend shift on perfumes and makeup in the second half which closed with a +0.1 per cent increase, despite the fact that December sales failed to reach expectations.
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‘Monstrous democratic slap to EU’: Le Pen hails Greek anti-austerity party victory

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The victory of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party is a monstrous democratic slap to the European Union, believes Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, adding that for her this success means "the trial of the euro-austerity.”

READ MORE: ‘5yrs of humiliation, suffering over’: Anti-austerity party to form govt in Greece

"I welcome the monstrous Democratic slap the Greek people has given to the European Union," Le Pen told France’s RTL radio.

According to Le Pen, Syriza’s triumph is “the first result of the unprecedented suffering undergone by the Greek people under the influence of the EU in recent years.”
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France - Ten go on trial for 'exploiting' L'Oréal heiress Bettencourt

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Ten people close to France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt go on trial Monday charged with exploiting the frail L'Oréal heiress in an explosive drama that began with a family feud and put a president in the court's crosshairs.
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France Is Well Ahead Of The US And The UK In Terms Of Wi-Fi Availability

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When it comes to Wi-Fi hotspots, France is leading the game. But the United States is quickly gaining ground.
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Liberty and Blasphemy: The Lessons of an 18th Century Execution in France | RealClearPolitics

Liberty and Blasphemy: The Lessons of an 18th Century Execution in France | RealClearPolitics | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
A tragedy in France, involving savage retaliation for mockery of religion, shocks public opinion and pits medieval barbarism against liberal Enlightenment values. Recent headlines? No, an eighteenth-century drama that unfolded in the Age of Enlightenment itself and culminated in the judicial murder of a young man named François-Jean de la Barre, who became the last person executed for blasphemy in Europe.

As it happens, this year marks the 250th anniversary of l’affaire de la Barre. For a long time, this tragic tale was a distant chapter in the story of Western civilization’s road to a secular, pluralistic society; the issues it raised had long been settled in favor of freedom of speech. In a 1998 essay on the de la Barre case, French historian Elisabeth Claverie wrote that these questions had ben infused with “a renewed vigor” by the fatwa against Salman Rushdie for his novel, “The Satanic Verses.” Claverie could hardly have guessed that in less than two decades, twelve people—artists and journalists from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo—would be killed in the heart of Paris for perceived blasphemy against Islam
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France admits soldiers have deserted to ISIS, including ex-elite special forces and French foreign legionnaires

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The number of French soldiers that are known to have gone to Syria to fight with ISIS is reportedly around 10 according to government officials
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France's Far-Right Struggles to Maintain a United Front After Paris Attacks | VICE News

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Divisions have erupted inside Marine Le Pen’s National Front party over a video comparing Islam to Nazi Germany and referring to a "fifth column" of extremists inside France. 

After two years of abysmal popularity ratings, French President François Hollande's credibility bounced back in the wake of the Paris terror attacks that left 17 dead.

Meanwhile, France's far-right Front National party (FN) has failed to show a united front or communicate a cogent position on the January shootings. The party landed in hot water last week when one of its representatives uploaded a video titled "France is at war" to YouTube.

Filmed by Aymeric Chauprade, a member of the European Parliament in Brussels and the FN's diplomatic advisor, the video equates "global Islam" to the rise of National Socialism in 1930s Germany.

Chauprade also alluded to "a fifth column" of Islamist militants operating on French soil who might "at any moment turn against us," because for them "allegiance to Islam is more important than allegiance to France."

The phrase "fifth column" is used to describe a faction of traitors who seek to undermine the country from within.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the FN, removed Chauprade from his post as the head of the party's delegation at the European Parliament on Thursday. Earlier in the week Le Pen fired Chauprade from his advisory post over his comments.

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For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

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"Making aliyah," or returning to Israel, is usually a cause for celebration among Jews. But recently fear has pushed many Jews to leave France — a record 7,000 departed last year.

And that was before the recent Paris attacks that included the killing of four Jews at a kosher grocery store.

Jean Marc Illouz, a former senior correspondent for French television, who is also Jewish, says he's been pushing back against what he calls ridiculous comments on the Internet about anti-Semitism in France. He says Americans seem to think it's a resurgence of Nazism.

"You see people are thinking of anti-Semitism in terms of World War II and coming from the French," says Illouz. "It has nothing to do with the French. It has nothing to do with the mainstream Muslim French thinking. It has to do with imported terrorism."

Illouz believes today's anti-Semitism stems from radical Islam brought to France by imams and jihadists espousing a hard-line doctrine from places like Saudi Arabia.

He says the vast majority of French Muslims want to be integrated into French society, and many are. But, he says, the radicals' message is corrupting a small, angry minority.
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As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame | Los Angeles

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Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified.
Are the attacks in France, along with the surge of violence and persecution in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria, expressions of something called Islamism or Islamic extremism? Or are groups like Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), Al Qaeda and Boko Haram political extremist movements that are exploiting Islam to advance their un-Islamic goals?
Much as they are being discussed in Christian, Jewish and secular worlds, these questions are subjects of debate within the Los Angeles Muslim community, where progressive Muslims and more traditional Muslims coexist, even as they differ when it comes to pinpointing the root problem of terrorism done in the name of Islam.
For Ani Zonneveld, the founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), the practice of Islam in much of the world today — Wahabi or Salafi Islam — provides the framework necessary for theologically justifying terror and violence in Islam’s name. “It has been corrupted internally,” Zonneveld said in a Jan. 15 telephone interview. “It’s been bought [and] paid for by money — by Saudi money.” ...

Although Zonneveld believes the problems lie more within Islamic theology than do Siddiqi and Al-Marayati, all three agree on one key point: Muslims in the United States are far less likely to be drawn in by groups like Islamic State and Al Qaeda than those in places such as Paris, London and other major European cities. “In America, Muslims are much more socially and economically integrated than they are in Europe,” Al-Marayati said. “In France, the Muslims there live in suburban ghettos.”

Zonneveld believes the problem in Europe is twofold. First, Muslim natives and immigrants are considered outsiders by “ethno-Europeans”. 

“You cannot be European and be Muslim,” she said. “We don’t have that issue in the United States.”

Second, she believes Europe is too tolerant of what she considers intolerance within Muslim communities. 

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France's first foie gras cruelty court case likely to crumble - Telegraph

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Animal rights activists who took to court on Thursday a French foie gras producer for “extreme cruelty” on ducks and geese looked set to lose their case due to “insufficient evidence”.
Ernest Soulard, a company that has supplied foie gras Gordon Ramsay, is the first producer of the delicacy to be taken to court in France, and lawyers said a guilty verdict would likely open the way for further prosecutions.
The trial in La Roche-sur-Yon, western France, came after L214, the French animal rights group behind the private prosecution, published a video in 2013 which it said showed geese being force-fed. Ducks and geese appear covered in filth and confined to individual feeding cages; some have open wounds, others have abscesses and shake with distress. Several lie dead along the production line
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A promising life in France given up for jihad

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He had a promising graphic designer job, plans to be a wedding videographer and was a star sportsman in his French town. So how did Youssoup Nassoulkhanov end up in an Islamic State group video praising the Paris attacks?

The streets of Schiltigheim in the Alsace region of eastern France are not a terrorist breeding ground.

Although the town has never quite recovered from the shuttering of factories in the 1980s, and a fifth of the population remains unemployed, it still has a quaint feel and is just 10 minutes from the charming, busy centre of Strasbourg.

Until he disappeared last summer, the polite, hard-working 20-year-old working in the graphics department of the town hall didn't ring any warning bells.

"We talked, we joked around, he was a good kid. He had no hatred for France or the French or non-Muslims," said Yann Lymand, who worked next to Nassoulkhanov for over a year.

He says the person he knew is impossible to square with the bearded, Kalashnikov-wielding Nassoulkhanov in last week's video for the Islamic State group in Syria, praising the jihadists who killed 17 people in Paris this month.
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‘We must have the freedom to offend anyone’- Bill Leak Aussie Cartoonist

‘We must have the freedom to offend anyone’- Bill Leak Aussie Cartoonist | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
‘Freedom of speech is the freedom to offend and that means the freedom to offend anyone.’
Leak is stinging on the ‘Je suis Charlie’ fashion. Of the million folks who marched in France he wonders about the thinking of the ‘970,000 of them who never bought [Charlie Hebdo] and wouldn’t be rushing out to buy copies now if they hadn’t suddenly turned into fashion accessories’. As for the politicians who marched for Charlie — ‘it wasn’t a demonstration in support of free speech, it was a celebration of freedom of hypocrisy’, he tells me. ‘They were delighted that sanctimony had survived the carnage unscathed. To have the courage of your convictions, you need two things: courage and convictions. If you don’t have any of either of them, go out and march in solidarity with someone who does and people will think you’ve got both.’
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‘All Jews must leave France’ —Really? | Opinion

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The daily onslaught of Anti Semitism in France is not well reported or understood by the rest of the world.  The destruction Mezuzot in the Sentier (French Garment District of Paris predominantly owned by French Jews) is a weekly occurrence.  No French Jews will wear the Magen David on a necklace as is proudly done by many Jewish Americans.  Many observant Jews will not wear a yamulkah when going to synagogue and will use a brown bag to hide their prayer books and tallit.  The launching of Molotov cocktails at Jewish day schools is a common event.  The riots and protests in the streets whenever Israel is in the news.  The papering of Paris with Anti Semitic and right wing leaflets and posters.  The beating of young and old Jews.  The desecration of synagogues and cemeteries.  The intimidation of all French by Muslims closing off entire streets for prayers.  Anyone attempting to photograph or record such events are harassed, beaten and their cameras destroyed.  The effective closure of entire banlieues to non immgrants (Essentially Muslims Only).  The police will not even venture into those areas. 
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French mayor ‘evicts’ first black Marianne statue

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The small town of Frémainville is one of the few in France where a black-skinned Marianne statue adorns city hall. But the city’s new mayor is replacing the minority Marianne, claiming she does not represent the French republic.
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I don't want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn't make me racist - Spectator Blogs

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While Jews were still lying dead on the floor of the Kosher food shop various broadcasters scuttled around Paris asking Muslims ‘how safe they felt in France.’  The day after the attacks I was on Al Jazeera where for half an hour the presenter in Doha (who I could not see) tried to pursue a line of questioning which ignored the actual victims (cartoonists and Jews) and tried to paint Europe as some fascist backwater where the main victims of everything are Muslims.  I thought, and think, this a disgrace and spent a considerable amount of the programme pushing back against this disgusting Islamist propaganda.  Nor was I beneath pointing out to the presenter that since he lived in an unfree country and worked for an unfree media I wasn’t going to take any lessons from him about free speech.  Incidentally, at one point towards the end he asked me another of his rambling questions (who does he know to get a job as a presenter?) in which he referred to me as ‘far-right’.  A number of people have asked why I didn’t hit back at that.  The simple reason is that I didn’t quite catch it.  I thought for a beat that he might have said it, but didn’t think that even a stooge of the state-run Al Jazeera would so lower himself to insulting his guests and so let it pass.  Anyhow – I suppose there are people like him who think (or pretend to think) that anybody who doesn’t wish to live under Islamic blasphemy law is ‘far-right’ and even ‘racist’. 
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How France Will Reform

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As globalization transforms the world economy, France must adapt in order to enable its businesses to compete abroad as well as at home. But reform does not mean giving in to external pressure, or giving up what makes France French.
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French citizenship, reward or punishment in fight against terror

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FRANCE - The historic nature of French citizenship, which has been a lodestone to other nations around the world since the Napoleonic civic code, came into the spotlight on Friday after...
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A bridge too far? The battle for France's Pegasus Bridge is emerging, with a Briton at the centre

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The son of a British D-Day veteran has been ordered to appear before a French judge. Why? Because he asked ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy to recover his father’s “stolen” medals.

Tony Berridge, 68, from Oxford has been instructed to travel to Paris in March to be “placed under formal investigation” for making “false” allegations against a woman who tricked him into handing over his dead father’s medals nine years ago.

Four years after the medals were returned – partly thanks to President Sarkozy’s intervention – Mr Berridge faces  another legal struggle thanks to the delusions of a woman who claims to be the only true guardian of Pegasus Bridge, one of the most revered sites of the Normandy  beachheads.
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French terror judge sees shifting jihadi profiles

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Europe's combustible mix of experienced extremist fighters and young jihadis looking to join the fighting in Syria poses new dangers for a continent ill-equipped to trace hundreds of newly radicalized people, says a top French anti-terrorism judge.

Marc Trevidic has handled French terrorism cases since 2006, but has recused himself from investigating the Jan. 7-9 attacks that left 20 people dead, including the attackers. The victims included Trevedic's former police bodyguard, who had been assigned to protect the editor of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and was among the first to be killed in the attack against the newspaper.

"We have this particular situation of having plenty of young people that we don't know and veterans who are once more in action," Trevidic said in an interview with The Associated Press. The experienced extremists "are small in number" but pose other challenges to authorities, he said, because they "have a lot contacts in the web of jihadis ... they know the system well."

The attacks against Charlie Hebdo were carried out by brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi. Cherif Kouachi's ties to radical Islam date back a decade to a network dedicated to sending jihadis to fight against American forces in Iraq. He was convicted in 2008 and served time in prison. His brother, meanwhile, stayed below the radar and received paramilitary training with al-Qaida's branch in Yemen.
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Can France integrate humiliated suburbs?

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In all the glowing coverage of France's 11 January march for Charlie, there was one omission which was understandable but revealing.

No-one said it at the time, because they did not want to puncture the euphoria of national unity, but it is true nonetheless: The banlieues (city suburbs) were largely absent.

While the rest of the country turned out in force to uphold the ideas for which the 17 died, very few attended from those parts of France that were most familiar to the killers.

Evidently young people in the high-immigration banlieues were as shocked as everyone else by the murders.

But just as evidently, they did not share in the majority mood.

The absence of the banlieusards shows how the gulf separating the out-of-town estates from the rest of France is wider today than ever.


One of the Paris gunmen Amedy Coulibaly grew up on a notorious estate in the southern suburb of Grigny
Tens of thousands of third-generation immigrants from North and sub-Saharan Africa are now entering adulthood, and their prospects are every bit as grim as they were when the famous riots took place 10 years ago.

The worrying difference is that today the Islamist temptation is much more pronounced. Now for some young people, there is an alternative.
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French values key to fight against radical islamism, Hollande tells teachers

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In a bid to combat radical islamism following the recent terrorist attacks, French schools are being asked to do more to help young people understand the fundamental values and principles of the French state.
In an address to teachers yesterday, French president François Hollande outlined new measures to be introduced, putting more emphasis on the values underpinning France.
The day after 12 people were killed at Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, the government declared that 2 minutes silence should be observed around the country, including in schools, to mark the gravity of a deadly attack on freedom of speech.
At least 200 incidents were reported by teachers where pupils refused to participate, walked out or reacted aggressively.
Many of these youngsters were unaware that there is no law concerning blasphemy in France.

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France - Top court backs move to strip jihadist of French nationality

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France’s constitutional court has backed a move to strip a French-Moroccan jihadist of his French nationality, setting a legal precedent on a hot-button issue in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Conseil Constitutionnel, France’s top legal body, dismissed a legal challenge by Ahmed Sahnouni’s lawyer, saying the decision to revoke his French citizenship was lawful.

Sahnouni, a Moroccan naturalised by France in 2003, was sentenced to seven years in jail in March 2013 for his role in a terrorist organisation and stripped of his citizenship in May last year.

His lawyer had argued that the move breached the equality between French-born citizens and those who are naturalized, and was thus unconstitutional.

The lawyer claimed that Article 25 of France’s civil code, which states that naturalized French citizens can be stripped of their nationality if found guilty of “acts of terrorism”, does not conform with France’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Article 6 of the Declaration says the law “must be the same for everyone, whether it protects or punishes”.

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rance is calling for the international regulation of social networks in order to crack down on “racist and anti-Semitic propaganda,” a senior minister said on Thursday at the UN’s first-ever summit on tackling anti-Semitism.

“There are hate videos [online], calls for death, propaganda that have not been responded to, and we need to respond,” Harlem Désir, France’s State Secretary for European Affairs, told reporters on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting.

“[Those who propagate] terrorism, religious fanaticism, jihadism and radical Islam use the Internet enormously,” he said." We must limit the dissemination of these messages.”

Désir lambasted social networks for what he described as a failure to take responsibility for “racist or anti-Semitic” content published on their platforms, citing Facebook and Twitter as examples.

“We want to be clear with what we have seen – that those networks are used to promote violence, discrimination, and hatred. The answer from these companies has been to say that ‘we are not responsible for what is said’.”

In response, France wants to create a legal framework that would “place the responsibility on those who are passing the message, even if they are not deciding the message,” he said.

Désir spoke alongside his German counterpart Michael Roth, two weeks after four Je
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