The interior minister has affirmed the usefulness of the controversial text adopted in October 2017.

By Elise Vincent Posted yesterday at 11h47

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It was in relative indifference that the Ministry of the Interior finally returned to Parliament, Tuesday, February 12, its first review of the law on internal security, said law SILT. This controversial text transposed part of the state of emergency into common law and provoked heated debate when it was adopted in October 2017. Nothing like this Tuesday, where the Interior Ministry regularly postponed from this sensitive report since the autumn, finally defended in a rather dispassionate climate, in front of the commission of the laws of the National Assembly, a balance "positive" in his eyes of this text.

Four major administrative provisions were scrutinized: the closing of places of worship, the perimeters of protection, searches – now called home visits – and house arrest – now "Micas". All these measures had been the only political and security solution found by the executive in order to put an end to the repeated renewals of the state of emergency in force since November 13, 2015. "The tools created have been used wisely and have had useful effects," pleaded the Minister of the Interior Mr. Castaner alongside his Secretary of State, Laurent Nuñez.

"Prevention of terrorism"

On the closures of mosques accused of doing "The apology for terrorism, hatred or discrimination", Mr. Nuñez welcomed "Just aim" pointing out that each decision of the prefects had been validated by the courts despite systematic recourse. The SILT law had, in fact, made certain fears of freedom of religion more acute to some religious because it opened the possibility of closing places of worship not only "Because of what is said there", but also "Ideas or theories that are disseminated there". In practice, seven mosques have been closed: one "Limited number" for the Ministry of the Interior.

These measures, still implemented solely under the "Prevention of terrorism", and for a limited period of six months, have also been effective, according to the report submitted Tuesday. " Any [mosquée] did not reopen at the end of the measure ", it is emphasized. "The intelligence notes show a profound change in the neighborhoods where the mosques have been closed," Mr. Nuñez added to the deputies.


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