In early April, France’s opposition Socialist Party thwarted a government attempt to pass a tough new bill against Internet piracy by unexpectedly showing up en masse at a parliamentary session and outnumbering majority lawmakers.
Nicolas Sarkozy is determined not to let that happen again. The French President gathered support from his ruling UMP party on Wednesday by summoning lawmakers to a parliamentary debate on the bill in a bid to overcome Socialist opposition at all costs.
“The Left wants to play hardball, so we will (…) be present in numbers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” UMP party leader Jean-Francois Cope told his troops.
The Internet Piracy bill, dubbed the "Hadopi" law, plans to fine Internet users who illegally download movies or music on the Internet by tracing their internet provider addresses.