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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2015-04-13

Is France's new surveillance bill a French Patriot Act?

French lawmakers are examining a new bill aimed at preventing further terror attacks like those that struck Paris in January. While supporters of the bill say it is a crucial counter-terrorist effort aimed at giving intelligence services much-needed new powers, others are fearful such an expansion of state surveillance could erode civil liberties.

The government denies this is a French version of the US Patriot Act, which gave US authorities unprecedented snooping powers in the wake of the September 11th attacks. But the bill's vague wording has not reassured concerned human rights organisations and online companies. FRANCE 24 finds out more.

Programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Elise Duffau

By Josh VARDEY , Julie DUNGELHOEFF

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2018-07-17 Charlotte PRUDHOMME

Is French oak under threat?

Is French oak under threat? Around a third of France is covered with forests, and the country is the largest oak producer in the EU. But as international demand soars, the...

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2018-07-16 Sylvain LEPETIT

Despite economic blockade and corruption scandals, Qatar prepares for its 2022 World Cup

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2018-07-13 Middle East

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2018-07-12 Shirli SITBON

Paris synagogue bombing case remains unsolved, 38 years on

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2018-07-11 Europe

Video: Humanitarian corridor to Italy brings hope to Eritrean refugees

Amid the hardline approach to immigration from Italy's new government, we look at one initiative giving refugees safe and legal passage to Europe. A group of Italian NGOS have...

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