France could fine Apple, Google $1 million for each smartphone the companies refuse to unlock

It’s not just the U.S. government that wants Apple to help unlock smartphones. Yann Galut, a member of France's Socialist Party, on Friday proposed an amendment to France's laws that could result in Apple being fined €1m (about $1.1 million) if it refuses to unlock an iPhone, according to The Local.

In an interview with Le Parisien, Galut said Apple (and, it must be noted, Google) must be compelled to provide access to content stored on locked devices, or else face fines. According to the publication, French police were unable to access data on eight phones last year during terror investigations.

Galut said the courts would instruct Apple and other device makers to supply an encryption key for the specific device in a criminal investigation. He added that police would not have "a general key” to access data on all phones.