France anti-terrorism database to go online

8th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 7 (AFP) - The French public will soon be able to consult an Internet database listing possible "terrorist" acts against French targets and their country's interests around the world, the interior ministry said Monday.

PARIS, March 7 (AFP) - The French public will soon be able to consult an Internet database listing possible "terrorist" acts against French targets and their country's interests around the world, the interior ministry said Monday.

"Every citizen will have at his or her disposal indispensable information about the reality of terrorism," said Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin.

Strategic expert Francois Heisbourg, tasked with piloting the project, said the data bank aimed to provide the public with a body of "good-quality information on manifestations and perpetrators of terrorism, so that a public debate can occur on the basis of a common frame of reference."

The website, available in May, would not, however, contain data shielded by confidentiality required for legal investigations or by national security.

It can be consulted on either the website of the Strategic Research Foundation (FRS) (www.frstrategie.org) of which Heisbourg is president, or on that of the French interior ministry (www.interieur.gouv.fr).

De Villepin first announced the project last year as part of efforts to curb "terrorism" in France

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