France: Newly announced “anti-terror measures” put human rights at risk

23/01/2015 – On 21 January 2015, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls publicly announced the adoption of new measures to combat terrorism. These include the introduction of the crimes of “defamation” and “insult” into the Criminal Code, the establishment of a database of individuals convicted for terrorist-related acts and the adoption of a decree implementing measures adopted in 2014 allowing internet websites considered to incite or “defend” terrorism to be blocked.