The debate in the French National Assembly on the law that provides for the implementation of a control system for Internet access to prevent piracy continues to be controversial. Culture Minister Christine Albanel remains one of the protagonists of the controversy.
The official’s latest statements were particularly misunderstood by her peers. After a deputy argued that cutting access to the Internet violates the privacy of each user and reflects a legal impossibility, since access to the Internet is already a fundamental right of citizens, Christine Albanel responded by challenging the statement.
According to the minister, «the importance of the Internet in all sectors is known, but having access to the network at home, knowing that we can count on the same possibility in different places, cannot be qualified as a fundamental right».
On the consumer side, the demonstrations have guided the news. Among those who claim to be «pirates» and those who do not want to be paying for actions taken by others, opinions do not vary: «Attempts to prohibit sharing on the Internet, through intimidation or filtering are superficial. Their cost in terms of public freedoms is unacceptable «, says Réseau des Pirates in his manifesto, as the French press collects.