Britain and France pledge to cooperate on terror

27th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - French and British interior ministers pledged Thursday to share information and experience combating terrorism as both countries worked to tighten their anti-terrorism legislation.

PARIS, Oct 27 (AFP) - French and British interior ministers pledged Thursday to share information and experience combating terrorism as both countries worked to tighten their anti-terrorism legislation.

In a joint article published in Thursday's edition of the Paris-based daily Le Figaro, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and British Home Secretary Charles Clarke argued that "to better protect our fellow citizens and people residing peacefully in our countries, our laws must evolve.

The French government on Wednesday approved a package of anti-terrorism measures submitted by Sarkozy, while the British parliament approved the second reading of anti-terrorism bill, which includes a controversial proposal to extend detention without charge of terror suspects to 90 days.

"Our two projects ... are not identical because our legislation today is different but we've seen that our information and experience is shared to learn the lessons of the other across the Channel," they wrote.

Sarkozy's measures include plans for increased use of video surveillance, which Britain has pioneered and has been instrumental for police to identify the July 7 suicide bombing suspects who killed 56 people including themselves in attacks on the London public transportation system.

While France already has the legal tools to deport people who preach hate, British authorities are seeking such powers.

"Our operational services exchange useful information on a daily basis (and) that practical cooperation will double ... if our legislative packages are adopted," they said.

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