FOCUS | French Government’s Response to Paris Shooting Echoes U.S. Response to 9/11

The French lawmaker’s lone stance was reminiscent of U.S. senator Russ Feingold’s solitary vote against the Patriot Act, accompanied by his prescient warning about how the act would allow the government to “compel the disclosure of the personal records of anyone.” Following the Paris murders, there has been discussion in France about creating its own version of the Patriot Act, which could weaken already poor protections against domestic spying.Further parallels exist. Perhaps taking a cue from George W. Bush’s theatrics, the French president made a speech aboard the Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier to hundreds of French service members. In the speech, he announced that the carrier was headed to the Persian Gulf to assist in the coalition air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.Arguing for France’s expanded participation in airstrikes against ISIS, the leader of the Socialist Party in France’s National Assembly said, “defeating the jihadist armies in their own soil cuts off the supply of terrorism on our home soil.” These words call to mind Bush’s attempt to justify his invasion of Iraq: “It’s better to fight them there than here.”

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