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France’s Macron Refuses to Address Migrant Violence, Seeks Powers to ‘Cut Off’ Social Media and Add More Electronic Surveillance 

France’s Macron Refuses to Address Migrant Violence, Seeks Powers to ‘Cut Off’ Social Media and Add More Electronic Surveillance 

Macron’s right-wing rival Marine Le Pen surges in polls.

While President Emmanuel Macron refuses to address the elephant in the room, namely mass migration and demographic shift that drove the recent riots, his government wants to tighten control over social media and seeks more powers to remotely access people’s mobile and other devices.

On Wednesday, President Macron proposed “to regulate or cut” social media in case of future unrest. The French TV channel Euronews reported Wednesday:

French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the possibility of banning access to certain social media features, in a meeting with local mayors in the cities that have seen violent protests.

Macron told about 300 local leaders that “we need to reflect on social media use among the youngest [and] on the prohibitions we must put in place,” in a video seen by some French and international media.

“When things get out of hand, perhaps you have to put yourself in a position to regulate or cut them,” Macron added.

Under a new justice reform bill presented this week, French law enforcement is seeking power to remotely access the mobile devices of suspected individuals.

The French newspaper Le Monde reported Thursday:

French police should be able to spy on suspects by remotely activating the camera, microphone and GPS of their phones and other devices, lawmakers agreed late on Wednesday, July 5. Part of a wider justice reform bill, the spying provision has been attacked by both the left and rights defenders as an authoritarian snoopers’ charter, though Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti insists it would affect only “dozens of cases a year.”

Covering laptops, cars and other connected objects as well as phones, the measure would allow the geolocation of suspects in crimes punishable by at least five years’ jail. Devices could also be remotely activated to record sound and images of people suspected of terror offenses, as well as delinquency and organized crime.

Mainstream media worries as Le Pen surges in polls

The proposals come as President Macron’s right-wing rival, Marine Le Pen, surges in polls ahead of the French Senate election scheduled for September.

According to an opinion poll released last week, “more people approved of Le Pen’s response to the crisis than any other French politician (39 per cent), followed by interior minister Gérald Darmanin and Macron himself (around 33 per cent),” the UK-based Financial Times reported Tuesday. Le Pen, who ran for the presidency thrice, is expected to announce her candidature for the 2027 election.

“France’s riots create opening for the far right,” The Washington Post feared. The U.S. daily commented Tuesday:

[The migrant-driven] violence appears to have given France’s far right. Marine Le Pen, who has spent the better part of two decades bringing a political movement once on the country’s neofascist margins into the mainstream, has capitalized on the moment. An opinion poll in the aftermath of the unrest found that the French public approved of her tough response to the riots more than that of any other French politician, including Macron.

While her deputies railed at the effects of migration and the perceived misanthropy of the protesters, Le Pen is pushing harsh measures, including lowering the age where offenders can be tried as adults in criminal proceedings to 16, as well as stripping those convicted of crimes or more minor offenses of access to public housing and welfare payments.

Policeman denies threatening teenager before fatal shooting

The French policemen, who shot the 17-year-old French-Algerian boy, denied threatening him verbally and told investigators that he fired his weapon in self-defense, French media reported Thursday. Nahel Merzouk, who had previous convictions, was shot during a confrontation with two police motorcyclists outside Paris.

The public broadcaster France24 reported:

[The officer] described making a first attempt to pull over the powerful yellow Mercedes being driven in a bus lane by Nahel, who did not have a license.

The teenager refused to comply and accelerated to a speed of 80-100 km/h (40-60 mph), according to the second officer involved in the incident.

When they caught up with the car a second time, Florian M. said he pulled out his weapon.

He said he thought his colleague had “the top of his body inside the car, probably to try to control the driver or to try to press on the stop button”.

When the car moved off again, he said he opened fire because he thought his colleague was in danger.

Meanwhile, a large sum was raised for the legal defense of the police officer, who is accused of homicide and sits in detention. “Fundraiser for French police officer who shot teen closed down after raising €1.6 million,” the France-based TV channel Euronews reported Wednesday.


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stevewhitemd | July 6, 2023 at 1:40 pm

90% of the rioters were ‘French’ but they weren’t French.

Mr. Darmanin is a creature of the progressive, socialist Left, no matter what he proclaims himself to be. He can’t picture the rioters for what they are: people who are held up to be ‘French’ but who hate the country and what the country stands for. Because of that, he can’t think of a good solution.

Mr. Macron is working not to ‘waste’ the current crisis.

Heads will soon roll.

How about “stripping those convicted of crimes or more minor offenses” who are not French citizens of being able to stay in the country, after serving any sentence. Send them to Algeria?

When will tha average Frenchman say “enough is enough” and start to take matters in their own hands?

    scooterjay in reply to walls. | July 6, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    They won’t. They will wait until we bail them out before being more arrogant.

      fscarn in reply to scooterjay. | July 6, 2023 at 3:37 pm

      The French and the British: always there when they need US.

        Paula in reply to fscarn. | July 7, 2023 at 11:05 am

        The Germans are always there when they need US to buy their Audis, Porsches, Mercedes, Volkswagens, BMWs. or a bunch of meds from Bayer, Merck or Novartis

          The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Paula. | July 7, 2023 at 3:18 pm

          If the tax code ever is modified to really clean up vehicle lease write-offs, the German auto industry will go into a flat spin and never recover.

          It makes me weep thinking of all those Megans having to take Jennifer and Jason to school in a Traverse rather than the corporate lease Mercedes she had as Assistant Vice President of her husband’s dental practice.

It will improve once they have electric cars, assuming they don’t figure out how to ignite the batteries.

He’s a little boy (just like Gavin Newsom) who’s found himself in exactly the type of position from which he can see no way out nor has the ability to handle/control it.

The good people of France have two enemies and ‘migrants’ are the second one. Not the first.

Macron was/is the choice of the CFR and Chatham House (aka the RIIA).

2smartforlibs | July 6, 2023 at 3:47 pm

Liberal Playbook: For your protection, we are going to curtail your rights.

inspectorudy | July 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm

One word describes this mess, “Diversity”. Look at the nations that have remained mostly homogeneous and see how few riots like this they never have. For some reason when a nation is doing just fine with its economy and social services, it needs to import people that do not like their laws or culture. They demand things they have never paid into and want things that their new nation’s culture does not approve of. Sound familiar?

AlinStLouis | July 6, 2023 at 5:17 pm

For the life of me, I cannot figure out how cutting access to social media would stop the barbarians from attacking. It’s like the government blocking you from receiving TV and radio signals because your neighbor committed a felony. I guess the left just has to reach for a way to curtail rights with any excuse whatsoever.

    randian in reply to AlinStLouis. | July 6, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    For the life of me, I cannot figure out how cutting access to social media would stop the barbarians from attacking.

    It doesn’t. They aren’t trying to stop the barbarians, they’re trying to stop the opposition from publicizing exactly what the barbarians are doing, and how that differs from official reports.

He will blame white French people and punish them collectively

Subotai Bahadur | July 6, 2023 at 6:20 pm

I assume that now at the tail end of the Fifth French Republic they will be changing the motto from “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” back to the 1940’s “Travail, Famille, Patrie”. At least until the formal inauguration of the Sixth Islamic French Republic.

Subotai Bahadur

BierceAmbrose | July 6, 2023 at 6:25 pm

Why does Mac-aroni, there, want to shut down people’s ability to give each other heads’ up when things get weird? “Get out of there?” “Help, I’m stuck.” “Anybody need a hand?”

I’ve been contacted by friends several times when problems unfolded overlapping where I reside. They knew something was up from neighborhood social media channels.

It’s like they think their people are troublemakers, at best only excitable, and incompetent. It’s like they think any collaboration or “community” The Overlords don’t direct is not legit.

Oh, right.

It’s a short term PR move, ‘see the govt is doing something’. Longer term its another encroachment by govt into private activity which will remain as an arrow in the govt quiver long after this edition of the riots are done.

henrybowman | July 6, 2023 at 10:14 pm

Macron is delegating the entire problem to Inspector Cloward (and his manservant, Kato Piven).

E Howard Hunt | July 7, 2023 at 12:57 am

It makes me admire Churchill all the more for sinking the French fleet.

LOL. As if it’s ‘devices’ that are the problem.

“… allow the geolocation of suspects in crimes punishable by at least five years’ jail. Devices could also be remotely activated to record sound and images of people suspected of terror offenses, as well as delinquency and organized crime.”

Oh, I LIKE this idea … IF used to monitor the activities of our POLITICIANS. After all, how many of their daily activities would trigger the “five years…” or “terror offenses” activation?

Imagine how enlightening it would be to have “cameras, micrphones, and geolocation” spontaneously and unpredictably activating to show what the politicians are up to at any random moment. Now that is social media worth watching!

Macron honors the great French tradition of being . . . duplicitous.

It’s time for Macron to follow the lead of Mark Rutte in The Netherlands – Resign!