French MPs vote to allow govt to block websites, social media

Soldiers patrol near the Arche de la Defense at La Defense business district in Nanterre near Paris. (Reuters)

French lawmakers on Thursday voted to allow the government to block websites and social media accounts promoting or inciting terrorist acts, under a state of emergency.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls praised the “wisdom” of lawmakers who agreed the measure after voting to extend a state of emergency to three months.

Valls on Thursday hailed the death of Abdelhamid Abaaoud at the hands of security forces in a massive police raid in Paris.

“We know that Abaaoud, the mastermind of these attacks -- or one of the masterminds because we must be careful and we know the threats -- is among the dead,” Valls said.

The attacks on Paris killed 129 people on Friday.

(With AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47