Paris, 30 November 2020 (MIA) – The government majority in France wants to reformulate the controversial article of the security law which restricts the filming of police operations.
“We will propose a complete revision of Article 24,” Christophe Castaner, group leader of the presidential party La Republique en Marche (LREM) in the National Assembly, said on Monday.
The politicians were taking note of the lack of understanding from the public and journalists regarding the text, the former interior minister said, admitting that they know there are still doubts.
For weeks there has been strong criticism of Article 24 of the planned global security law, which the government claims will protect the police.
If the new law is passed, the publication of pictures of security officers in action with the aim of injuring the physical or mental well-being of the police officers can be punished with up to one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (53,800 dollars).
The National Assembly had actually already approved the text last week; it is now in the Senate, the upper house.
Prime Minister Jean Castex announced last week that an independent commission would begin the reformulation, but parliament reacted fiercely to the idea and Castex backed down.
At the weekend there were widespread protests across the country against the proposed law, with tens of thousands taking to the streets in Paris alone.