“Let's stop criticizing our banks!”

More than ten years after the subprime mortgage crisis, all the light has not been shed, and yet the idea of ​​the guilt of the banks has taken hold firmly in people's minds. They are even blamed for the double fault, since after playing with fire and triggering the crisis, they allegedly asked for help from the States. This unanimous condemnation, the result of incomplete analyzes, is a heavy component of the bank bashing that has raged since then and unfortunately works against our interests. We are indeed at a critical moment when Europe, faced with the domination of American finance and the dollar, must develop its own financial capacities. The development of a strong pan-European financial sector is therefore essential if we particularly want to foster the emergence of future European gafas. 
If it is vain to hope for the complete disappearance of this bank bashing and, one might say, of the bashing market whose roots plunge both in history and in ignor…

Online anti-hate law passed but still criticized as much

The Avia law, against hate on the Internet, was adopted this Wednesday by the French Parliament. If its overall objective remains laudable, its methods are strongly criticized.
Online anti-hate law passed but still criticized as much

Is the debate really over? The law against online hatred, nicknamed the Avia law because it was carried by deputy LREM Laetitia Avia, was adopted in the French Parliament on Wednesday May 13 after a last passage before the National Assembly. This law of “empowerment” of web platforms and social networks on the Internet is doomed to oblige the latter to remove illegal content and comments themselves within 24 hours, under penalty of fines of up to 1.25 million euros. This applies to publications relating to incitement to hatred or violence and racist or religious insults. As for terrorist content, it should be removed within one hour following a notification from the police. The text also provides for enhanced judicial cooperation from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in particular in terms of transparency and attention to the issue of minors. The new measures taken by this law will be controlled by the Superior council of audio-visual (CSA).

Unwanted anti-hate law

Despite its a priori laudable intention, the Avia law and its recent adoption have been criticized in several respects and by many entities. Associations defending rights and freedoms on the Internet such as La Quadrature du Net (see below) fear for example that this law, by wanting to accentuate the responsibility of private actors in the sector, does not give them too much power in favor of a “Over-censorship” and at the expense of greater freedom of expression. Furthermore, according to Le Monde, the absence of a provision providing for the intervention of a judge as mediator between the GAFAMs and the public authorities does not reassure most of the opponents.

This Avia law - it seems the first not related to the current health crisis to be decided in the midst of a pandemic - also comes as Laetitia Avia finds herself, precisely, facing accusations of “repeated humiliations” and “words with racist or homophobic overtones” put forward by M├ędiapart. The member has since threatened the media to press charges of defamation. Finally, it should be noted, on the one hand, that the opposition can always try to seize the Constitutional Council to reassess the text of the law; and, on the other hand, that the law will undoubtedly be debated at the international level via the European Commission. Finally, the law was adopted but the debate remained.