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2010-10-02 - La Voix du Nord
Michèle Alliot-Marie visits the Imprimerie National. In the Douai region, Michèle Alliot-Marie introduces the smart card which will mark the end of paper in courts

EThe Minister of Justice travelled to Flers-En-Escrebieux yesterday morning where, with just a few clicks and a smart card, she launched a procedure that will change the life of courtrooms across the country. Electronic keys will soon replace paper, thus saving time, means and money. They will be produced in the Douai region.

« As Keeper of the Seals, I become the Keeper of my ministry's digital signature keys. » Admittedly, the title is not as prestigious, however Michèle Alliot-Marie's initiative will revolutionize the routine of magistrates, clerks and agents of the Ministry of Justice. Until now, court judgments were recorded on paper, numerous copies were then made and sent. But soon, paper documents will be nothing but a bad memory.

« Inviolable » card

Thanks to "inviolable" smart cards containing a digital signature authentication system, these acts will be carried out electronically. « Smart cards will reduce paper consumption, envelope stuffing, postage costs and save millions of euros per year, asserts Luc Ferrand, project manager at the Chancery. By reducing paper work, it will also free up some time. Clerks, for example, will be able to spend more time with judges. »

Eric Vaillant, attorney general at the court of Douai, agrees: « From now on, I will be able to sit at my computer and sign documents that I will then exchange with my colleagues. These documents will have the same value as their paper equivalent. Everything will be so much easier. »

Monopole in Flers-En-Escrebieux

Police courts of Bordeaux and Bourges will test the waters in the next few weeks with speeding and parking tickets. If successful this « dematerialization » will be extended to all jurisdictions, probably before the end of 2011.

The Imprimerie Nationale, located in Flers-En-Escrebieux near Douai, has the monopoly in the production of secure personal documents (biometric passport, visas…) on behalf of the State. For now, this new system represents the production of 20 000 cards. However, as MAM pointed out, more cards will be needed if other ministries and administrations decide to follow the initiative. « In the long run, this represents 600 000 to 1 million cards », estimates Didier Trutt, the CEO of the Imprimerie Nationale.

The smart cards that will revolutionalize magsitrates' routine will be manufactured in Flers.
The Minister of Justice, Michèle Alliot-Marie, travelled to Flers-En-Escrebieux yesterday morning to visit the five-hundred-year-old company, for the launch of the production of smart cards incorporating cutting edge technologies. With techniques such as « asymmetric cryptography » used for digital signature keys, the Imprimerie Nationale is far from its initial profession as a printer. One wonders if it shouldn't change its name…

"New technologies have changed our line of work and we are still learning", explains Didier Trutt, CEO of the Imprimerie Nationale. Thanks to its established expertise, the Imprimerie Nationale has managed to retain its monopoly in the production of secure identity documents on behalf of the State.»

600 000 to 1 million cards

These polycarbonate smart cards, whose production was symbolically launched yesterday by the Keeper of the Seals, will allow magistrates, clerks and agents of the Ministry of Justice to forget about the tonne of official paperwork they have to handle. A digital signature authentication system will enable them to do this digitally. « Everyday, I sign a bunch of official documents, but soon I will be able to do so just by sitting in front of my computer. And this digital signature will have the same value, explains Eric Vaillant, attorney general at the court of Douai. It will save time, money and reduce the number of business trips. It will also reduce non-gratifying tasks and free up some time that can be spent, for clerks for example, with judges ». For the Imprimerie Nationale, it represents the production of 20 000 cards, starting next Spring. « But in the long term, we expect to produce 600 000 to 1 million cards for other Ministries », estimates Didier Trutt.

Quid de la carte nationale d'identité électronique ?

The Imprimerie Nationale started producing biometric passports in Flers last year and has since produced one million. What stage is the electronic ID card at? « The Imprimerie Nationale is ready. It is now up to the Sate to decide what it wants to do and when it wants to do it. A government bill should be debated in Parliament in the near future.