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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.

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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

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