Emmanual Macron proposes new law against fake news

Emmanual Macron proposes new law against fake news

French President Emmanuel Macron says he will push a new law aimed at clamping down on fake news, saying he hopes to have it in place by the end of the year.

Mr Macron's announcement follows his own presidential election campaign previous year being plagued by Russian hackers and pseudo-journalists.

'We have made a decision to move towards an evolution of our legal system to protect the democratic life from false news.

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"At election time, on internet platforms", Macron said in his speech, "the rules applying to content won't be exactly the same".

In a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin after his win in which he referenced Moscow outlets, Mr Macron said: 'I will not give an inch on this. First, Trump appropriated it to attack journalism. The President considered it necessary to strengthen the defense of press freedom and emphasized the importance of this work for the democratic functioning of a society.

Mr Macron, who left political rivals reeling when he won power barely a year after launching a new centrist movement, has already rattled his way through an overhaul of French labour rules, in spite of street protests and a pushback from unions.

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A new urgent procedure in the case of fake news will allow the court to delete content, close the user's account, or block access to a website.

The Guardian reported that the upcoming legislation for websites will mean sites will have to reveal who is financing them, and the amount of money permitted for sponsored content would be limited.

Macron called on European citizens to express what they wanted from Europe through public consultations that he has championed so that leaders could design a "great project".

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The French government plans changes in 2018 to immigration laws that have sown unease even among some members of Mr Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) movement.

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