PM dismisses 'French Patriot Act' fears as spies get more powers

March 19, 2015 1:07 PM

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PM dismisses 'French Patriot Act' fears as spies get more powers

PARIS (Reuters) - French spy agencies will have more powers to bug and track would-be Islamist attackers and authorities will be able to force Internet providers to monitor suspicious behavior under a draft law unveiled on Thursday.

Just over two months after 17 people were killed in attacks by homegrown Islamist gunmen in Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls unveiled a bill to allow spy agencies to tap phones and emails without seeking permission from a judge.

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