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France. 2011 ‘Measures Taken for Tracing and to Address Tracing Requests (Mesures Prises pour Tracer et Répondre aux Demandes de Traçage).’ National Report of France on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations. 11 April

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Mesures Prises pour Tracer et Répondre aux Demandes de Traçage

L'application AGRIPPA permet le traçage des armes légalement détenues au plan national (soit au titre d'une autorisation soit au titre d'une déclaration) et de leur possesseur.

Les armes signalées volées, perdues ou faisant l'objet d'une mise en attention particulière sont enregistrées par les services de police et de la gendarmerie. La France alimente automatiquement avec ces informations le fichier des objets Schengen, accessible directement par l'ensemble des pays partenaires, et peut alimenter la base de données européenne IS (Information System).

L'office central de lutte contre le crime organisé (OCLCO) est le bureau centralisateur national d'Interpol-France en matière de trafics d'armes, explosifs et matières sensibles. Les échanges de renseignement sont constants.

Les informations transitent en France via l'Unité Nationale Europol, placée au sein de la DCPJ, qui assure la représentation de l'ensemble des services (police, gendarmerie, douanes) auprès de l'organisation européenne.

L'apposition des marquages (poinçons) de la CIP permet également d'identifier le banc officiel ayant procédé à l'épreuve. Il est alors permis d'assurer la traçabilité d'une arme en interrogeant ce banc afin de connaître la société où la personne ayant fait procédé à l'épreuve au moment de son arrivée dans l'un pays membre.

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Measures Taken for Tracing and to Address Tracing Requests

The application AGRIPPA allows tracing of firearms lawfully owned at the national level (either under a permit or under a statement) and of their holder.

Firearms reported stolen, lost or subject to a formal attention are recorded by the Police and Gendarmerie. France is supplying this information automatically to the Schengen file for Objects, directly accessible by all partner countries, and also can supply the European Database IS (Information System).

The Central Bureau for Combatting Organised Crime (OCLCO) is the National Coordination Bureau of Interpol-France for firearms trafficking, explosives and sensitive materials. Intelligence exchanges are constant.

Information flows in France via the Europol National Unit, located within the DCPJ, which provides representation of all services (Police, Gendarmerie, Customs) to the European organization.

Affixing the CIP markings (stamp) also allows to identify the official bench that carried out the testing. It is then possible to ensure the traceability of a firearm by questioning the bench in order to find the company where the person who has carried out the test at the time of its entry in a member country.

[CIP = Commission Internationale Permanente pour l'Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives]; AGRIPPA = Application for the Management of the Computerized Record of Owners and Holders of Firearms (application de gestion du répertoire informatisé des propriétaires et possesseurs d'armes); DCPJ = 'Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire,' the national authority of the criminal division of the French National Police]

[Note: In the Principality of Monaco, the question of weapons is governed by the Convention on good-neighbourliness between France and the Principality of Monaco of 18 May 1963, given force of law by Sovereign Ordinance No. 3,039 of 19 August 1963, and Act No. 913 of 18 June 1971 on weapons and ammunition.

Article 16 of the Convention stipulates: "The laws and regulations governing the regime for war materiel in France shall also apply in the Principality. The Government of the Principality undertakes to establish a system of laws and regulations as similar as possible to those in force in France for weapons and ammunition that are not considered war materiel."]

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