The National Assembly rejects the anti-piracy law
Surprisingly, the Lower House of Parliament rejected the French draft law that would have introduced the "doctrine of the three blows."
[ZEUS News - http://www.zeusnews.com - 09-04-2009]
Although the Senate had already given his approval and final approval by now seemed obvious - so much so that our Minister for Culture seems to have rushed to agree with colleagues overnight - the French National Assembly rejected the bill that would have introduced the "doctrine of the three blows" against the pirates.
What must have been only a formal vote has turned into a defeat for President Sarkozy and the government, which now can withdraw the law or organize a new reading of the text without reinforcements wanted by the Senate, the main reason the opposition by Assembly.
It is curious that the draft law on "Protection of Rights on the Internet" was rejected by 21 votes against and 15 in favor, a sign of how the vast majority of 577 members of the Lower House did not even want to attend and what was unpopular the proposal under discussion.
In any case, the draft law is not completely dead already in the coming weeks the Government would submit an amended version, on which the French Parliament will speak out.