French MP aims to stop daily barrage of cold calls

‘The fines are not high enough. I want them to go up to €375,000’ says MP Christophe Naegelen

Bloctel is increasingly seen as ineffective in the fight against unsolicited telephone sales calls. The Connexion learns how one MP is battling to make it work

An MP is hoping his bill to crack down on unwanted sales calls and improve Bloctel will be successful when it gets its second reading in the Assemblée Nationale this month.   

Bloctel is a “do not call” registry that allows consumers to block unwanted business telephone calls.

Christophe Naegelen, UDI MP for the Vosges, says he wants to make Bloctel work for the benefit of the consumer and honest companies, which should remain entitled to use telephone sales in their businesses.

The free-to-use government-backed service has been widely criticised as ineffective.

Two consumer magazines, 60 millions de Consommateurs and UFC-Que Choisir, have reported its shortcomings and many readers have told us it does not cut down the number of unsolicited calls.

Several local authorities and public energy efficiency advice bodies contacted by Connexion have admitted that Bloctel gives no protection.

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