France waives biometric tests


The government wants to know where its citizens are at all times in case they build a guillotine

The French government is so worried about its citizens revolting and cutting off their heads at the Place de la Concorde roundabout that it is spending a fortune on new biometric cards to monitor them.

The French Parliament (National Assembly) has voted a new 20 million euro project 242-95 to establish a biometric version of citizens’ health cards (Carte Vitale).

Curiously the money for the idea comes from the French financial aid package for the cost of living crisis, the project would see the creation of a biometric vital card featuring a chip containing the physical characteristics of the insured, such as fingerprints.

The cards will be linked to the patient’s bank account, the biometric card would then help healthcare providers identify individuals while helping the government fight fraudsters. Apparently this is a big problem in France where there are seven million more national insurance collectors than inhabitants.

A similar project was proposed and rejected by the French parliament two years ago. It was now a “condition” for the support of right-wing senators for the financial aid plan, according to Liberation.

However, the opposition says implementing the tool would be costly and time-consuming for the government, as it would involve replacing around 65 million cards across the country, buying biometric scanners and biometric fingerprint capture of all cardholders.

Some left-leaning politicians fear that the project will inevitably require the creation of a centralized biometric database, which, if not properly secured, could be an attractive target for cybercriminals.

But other politicians clearly want to see it as a comprehensive package to deal with the French pastime of rioting. The mayor of Nice has called for the deployment of facial recognition technologies following the clashes at the Stade de France. In May, France pushed the Council of the EU to formalize the extension of the police biometric data sharing network.

According to Senator LR Philippe Mouiller, the device could be launched in the fall, but there is no information on a deadline on how the project would unfold.


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