The terrorist attacks by an Al Qaeda-influenced gunman may signal a new wave of Internet surveillance in France. New laws have been proposed by French president Nicolas Sarkozy in his effort to create a "civilized Internet."

On Thursday, Sarkozy used a televised address to propose a new set of laws that criminalize the use of websites affiliated with terrorist sympathizers and hate groups. "From now on, any person who habitually consults Web sites that advocate terrorism or that call for hatred and violence will be criminally punished," he said.

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