France in focus

CCTV, masks, drones: Is France's 'liberté' under threat?

FRANCE IN FOCUS
FRANCE IN FOCUS © FRANCE 24

In this week's show we're putting the focus on how France's response to Covid-19 has threatened the country's founding notion of "liberté" or freedom. Between lockdown, restrictions on freedom of movement, a ban on gatherings and forcibly shuttered shops, individual and collective rights have been dealt some serious setbacks in the name of beating the pandemic.  

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But the French haven't always swallowed this bitter pill willingly – especially when it comes to medical data. The latest government initiatives include a smartphone tracking app and a state-run database collecting and sharing patient information.

We also see how curfews, extended CCTV coverage and compulsory mask-wearing have all become part of the anti-coronavirus arsenal – with varying degrees of legality.

We end with a report that sees how one business school has made taking part in its remote exams conditional on pupils accepting surveillance!

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