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France: Fight Against Terrorism

(Jan. 13, 2009) Law 2008-1245 of December 1, 2008, prolongs the application of articles 3, 6, and 9 of Law 2006-64 of January 23, 2006, on Combating Terrorism and on Various Provisions Concerning Security and Borders Controls, which was passed by the French Parliament following the London bombings of July 2005. These three provisions were in force only until December 31, 2008, at which time they had to be re-evaluated by Parliament. The Law extends their application for an additional four years, until December 31, 2012.

Article 3 facilitates identity checks in international trains. Article 6 authorizes access to telephone and Internet-connection data by specially empowered police officers. Telephone and Internet providers (including providers of free services) are required to keep connecting data for one year and are obligated to provide them, if needed, to these officers. Finally, in order to combat and prevent terrorism, article 9 authorizes specially empowered officers from the national police and gendarmerie to have access to numerous databases, including those with information on license plates, driving licenses, identity cards, passports, visa requests, residency permits, and records of denial of entry into French territory. (Loi No. 2008-1245 du 1er décembre 2008 visant à prolonger l'application des articles 3, 6, et 9 de la loi 2006-64 du 23 juillet 2006 relative à la lutte contre le terrorisme, JOURNAL OFFICIEL [Official Gazette of France], Dec. 2, 2008, at 18361.)