Gérald Darmanin will present an anti-terror text in the Council of Ministers on Wednesday

The essentials In the columns of the JDD, Gérald Darmanin announced the submission of an anti-terror text. A text was tabled a few days after the fatal attack on the Rambouillet police station.

“On Wednesday, at the request of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, I will present a bill on intelligence and the fight against terrorism,” announced Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. In the JDD columns, the minister says the bill aims to “continue” the measures contained in the 2017 Anti-Terrorism Act and the 2015 Intelligence Act, and will be presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

36 terrorist attacks foiled

36 terrorist attacks have been foiled since 2017, including the last one in Béziers in early April. “The threat remains high: since 2017 we have suffered 14 attacks in which 25 people were killed,” said Gérald Darmanin.

Gérard Collomb’s Law on Internal Security and Combating Terrorism (Silt) was passed in October 2017 to replace the state of emergency following the November 2015 attacks.

This text made it possible for three years to experiment in common law with counter-terrorism measures that were fiercely contested by defenders of public freedoms, such as “home visits” – ex-administrative searches -, individual control measures (micas), the establishment of a security area and the closure of places of worship.

These controversial measures were extended by Parliament in December 2020 to July 31, 2021, the deadline for the adoption of the new bill.

Among the changes foreseen in the future text would be to extend the period during which persons convicted of terrorism might be subject to administrative restraint after their release from prison to “up to two years” compared to the current year, “the minister announced at the heart to the JDD.

Data monitoring

“The text also provides for the update and continuation of the use of algorithms, ie the automated processing of connection data by the DGSI (Directorate-General for Internal Security, editor’s note),” confirmed M. Darmanin.

This technology, contained in the Secret Service Act of 2015, is the subject of a review clause (obligation of the executive to review the legal provisions at the end of a trial period). It enables the analysis of the communication exchanged in an operator’s network in order to detect threats.

When asked about the danger of an attack on individual freedoms, Gérald asked Darmanin to stop being “naive”. “All big companies use algorithms. And there would only be the state that couldn’t use them?” He noted.

The national secret service coordinator Laurent Nuñez stressed on Saturday on BFMTV “the importance of this technology for increasingly isolated people whose only traces are digital traces”, like the author of the terrorist attack in Rambouillet.

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