A Big Brotherish panopticon plan announced on Halloween weekend by the government of increasingly unpopular French President François Hollande has generated strong and growing opposition.
French government plans to create a new database containing details of almost the entire population suffered fresh blows on Monday as criticism grew of the controversial project.
The Socialist government announced a decree to create the database, which would contain personal information of 60 million people, on a public holiday weekend at the end of October.
It has led to fears that hackers might target the information as well as anxiety that so much personal data could be misused in the future by the security forces or other government agencies.
The stealthily issued decree, published two days after Halloween, led opposition MP Lionel Tardy to accuse the government last week of “treating the French people like pumpkins”.
On Monday, the French Digital Council, a state watchdog that looks at the impact of technology on society and the economy, said the database should be suspended.