France declares state of emergency, gives government Web-blocking, device search powers

France's National Assembly  lit with the colors of the French flag in Paris, Nov. 19, 2015, to honor victims of the recent attacks. [Reuters]

In the wake of the Paris attacks, the French National Assembly has declared a state of emergency with sweeping powers, without any substantial debate. Included in the bill are the power to order the nation's ISPs to block websites without any judicial review or court order, and for authorities to seize and search electronic devices without a warrant.

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