France announces digital identity app days after Macron’s re-election

The French government has announced the creation of a new digital identity application allowing citizens to access private and public services, in line with a broader push for digital identity systems in Europe.

Just days after the re-election of globalist President Emmanuel Macron, the Interior Ministry announced that it would design a smartphone app to house a new digital identity.

The biometric application, which is based on the new identity card, was signed on Tuesday by an order from Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

The app will allow users to scan their physical ID card and it will be downloaded to be used to access public or private services.

The new system replaces the government’s previous attempt in 2019 to implement a digital identity. Dubbed the Alicem, the proposed system proved controversial and was eventually scrapped due to backlash over the use of facial recognition and fingerprints, broadcaster BFMTV reported.

The new digital identity will not record these personal characteristics, however, it will contain details such as names, date of birth, a photo, and email and physical addresses.

According to the government, the application “allows the user, in particular, to generate electronic certificates containing only the identity attributes which he considers necessary to transmit to third parties of his choice”.

It is currently unclear what the scope of the digital identity app’s usage goals will be, however, the French have been forced to get accustomed to using digital apps to access a wide range of services during the Chinese coronavirus crisis with the introduction of the health pass (health passport/vaccines).

It’s also unclear whether the government will seek to use the ID app as a means of social control. However, the French government has previously admitted that the use of a vaccination passport was in fact a “disguised” form of a vaccination mandate intended to make it difficult for unvaccinated people to function in society and therefore to bend the people to the will of the government. .

The European Union as a whole also plans to introduce a digital identity app later this year to allow people to enjoy “greater flexibility ideal for post-pandemic life”.

The planned app would allow citizens of all 27 member states to access government websites from any EU country and serve as a wallet to pay for services such as utilities and even rent cars.

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