The head of electronics company Elektron wrote an open letter to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, questioning the government's commitment to increasing security and surveillance following recent terror attacks in Paris, citing outstanding bills on bugging and wire-tapping operations.
Elektron is one of five companies that supply the French government with surveillance equipment, with the company's chairman Michel Besnier saying that Elektron is responsible for 35 per cent of telecommunications intercepts in France.
He noted that unpaid debts of €8 million placed a considerable strain on his company, whose annual turnover in 2014 was €12 million, while any additional pressures on Elektron may have an adverse impact on the ability of French agencies to monitor suspected jihadist cells.
The French ministry has hit back at the claims, saying that it was in fact the company's fault for their non-payment, as Elektron had failed to send invoices over the past couple of months.
This latest issue is another in the ongoing dispute between the French government and the country's private surveillance equipment providers, with the contractors unhappy at plans to set up a national surveillance operation, which may force them out of business.
The government says the new measures will save the country considerable amounts in surveillance spending, however questions have been raised over whether this will compromise the resources and operations of the country's intelligence agencies.
The new approach to tackling extremism will see prisoners convicted of terror-related offences housed in separate prison departments, as part of a plan to prevent prisoners from becoming radicalised during incarceration.
This will be combined with the increased use of counsellors and psychologists, who will be tasked with monitoring those suspected of being involved in terrorism or extremist groups.