On June 23, 2015, the French senate formally voted the Loi Renseignement (see here). The law has been named “Le Patriot Act” because – in the wake of the terrorist attack killing 17 people in Paris (see here) – it gives mass surveillance powers to the French Government. On June 24, 2015, the law was voted also by the National Assembly (see here).
On June 25, 2015, the President referred the law to the Constitutional Council (Conseil Constitutionnel), which will have to verify the constitutional validity of legislation and whether the law causes a disproportionate interference with individual liberties. Should the Council declare the text contrary to French constitutional values, the proposed law will be censored (see here).
The Loi Renseignement is available (in French) at http://www.senat.fr…
For more information: Francesca Giannoni-Crystal