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US/EU/penal policy/data protection/judicial redress

Published on November 12, 2014
Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Justice
Paris, November 7, 2014

Christiane Taubira, Minister of Justice, had a meeting at the Chancellerie [Ministry of Justice] today with Mr Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States.

The Keeper of the Seals and the Attorney General began by welcoming the excellent relations between France and the United States in the area of justice and particularly the fight against terrorism. They reaffirmed their joint commitment to effectively preventing every kind of violent radicalization.

Their meeting then focused on penal policies aimed at making sentences more effective as regards punishment and rehabilitation, without automatic recourse to imprisonment. Christiane Taubira welcomed the Attorney General’s action in this area and recalled the importance of encouraging the social rehabilitation of convicted persons in order to limit reoffending in particular.

Finally, the Keeper of the Seals and the Attorney General discussed data protection. Mentioning the negotiations under way within the European Union, Christiane Taubira highlighted France’s determination to ensure that people’s rights are protected without sacrificing business competitiveness. She alerted her counterpart to the need for American companies to provide equivalent guarantees for EU residents and in particular France and the European Commission’s commitment to the existence of judicial redress for European citizens before American courts./.

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