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Bonjour Big Brother: The Surveillance State Comes to France

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France goes full Big Brother in a crime-ridden neighborhood, which should have residents worried.

Le Parisien reports, that fifty “sound sensors” will be set up in the crime plagued Tarentaize-Beaubrun-Couriot district located in the city of Saint-Étienne in the Loire department. These sensors are supposed to be installed for a six-month trial.

According to Victoria Friedman of Breitbart, these sensors will alert municipal law enforcement of any “suspicious” noise, such as “An accident, a scream, the sound of glass breaking, an aggression.” Municipality officials allayed privacy concerns stating that “the system does not record conversations or even hear them. It will only capture the alerts.”

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This new security installation will be the first of its kind in France. Local officials sustain that it will reinforce existing video surveillance and be part of the municipality’s plan to turn Saint-Étienne into a “smart city” that is filled with smart meters, applications, and other innovative technology.

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Two of Saint-Étienne’s elected officials, Jean-Pierre Berger and Jean-Noël Cornut, said “People must be reassured, we will not spy on them.” Berger added: “People’s well-being also depends on greater security.”

Fabrice Koszyk, the director of Serenicity, a cybersecurity company, asserted that “this device is not Big Brother,” and made clear that no privacy laws would be abused during the experiment.

However, residents told Le Parisien that the new security installations would be tantamount to “spying”. Instead, they believe that there should be increased policing.

One resident of the Tarentaize-Beaubrun-Couriot neighborhood, Bernard Mallet, had choice words about the municipality’s security plans, “It’s an aberration. I am against surveillance. There are already too many cameras, and now microphones! I do not think it’s the right way to give us more security. My opinion is that we need more police officers.”

Mr.Mallet might actually be on to something. Instead of violating the civil liberties of its law-abiding citizens, France should not only step up its policing practices, but it should actually expand gun rights like the Czech Republic did in 2017 and review its immigration policies.

It’s no secret that France, just like the UK, has seen its fair share of No Go Zones pop up and turn traditionally safe neighborhoods into crime-infested ghettoes.

Instead of striking at the root and addressing the current immigration issue plaguing France and the rest of the EU, the political classes in Paris and EU continue to infringe upon their citizen’s liberties.

It’s small wonder why the Yellow Vests are taking to the streets. A political class can only be detached from the plight of its citizens for so long.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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