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The relevant piece of legislation is the Malicious Communications Act 1998, together with the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. (link)
Under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1998 it is an offence to send an indecent, offensive or threatening letter, electronic communication or other article to another person and under Section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 it is a similar offence to send a telephone message which is indecent offensive or threatening. In both cases the offence is punishable with up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5000. Because the Malicious Communications Offence is more wide ranging than the Telecommunications offence it is more likely to be used by the Police than the Telecommunications Act offence.
What is the status of French Law? Consider that the fact that the communication was electronic does not preclude older harassment laws from applying.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 7th, 2006 at 05:37:27 PM EST
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