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French parliament debates Internet piracy again

French parliament debates Internet piracy again

French parliamentarians revived debate on a bill to crack down on Internet piracy at the behest of President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday after it had been the subject of an embarrassing defeat for the ruling party.

France’s parliament rejected on April 9 the government-backed bill that proposed disconnecting Internet users if they downloaded music or films illegally, after the ruling UMP party failed to turn out in force to back the law.

Lulled into a false sense of security, UMP deputies were caught by surprise when socialist opposition members turned up to make their votes count at the last minute. Culture Minister Christine Albanel described the circumstances surrounding that vote as “incredible.”


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