French President vows to criminalize visiting terror/hatred/violence-promoting websites
In the wake of France's recent scooter-shootings (the suspect was recently shot by police), French President Sarkozy has apparently placed some of the blame on the big bad interwebs.
Sarkozy, who is only a month away from an election, argued that it was time to treat those who browse extremist websites the same way as those who consume child pornography.
"Anyone who regularly consults Internet sites which promote terror or hatred or violence will be sentenced to prison," he told a campaign rally in Strasbourg, in eastern France. "Don't tell me it's not possible. What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too."
French law calls for up to two years in prison and €30,000 (roughly $40,000) in fines for repeat visitors to child porn sites, although whether the proposed anti-terror rules would carry similar penalities isn't clear.
When asked, Sarkozy's office directed a query seeking details to the Ministry of Justice, which didn't immediately offer clarification.
This just seems wrong on so many levels.