How plan to remove French nationality has become a farce

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On Friday February 5th, 2016, the National Assembly began debating plans to alter the French Constitution, including adding the power to strip convicted terrorists of their French nationality. It was supposed to be President François Hollande's grand response to the Paris terror attacks of 2015. Instead, amid general confusion, the government has become bogged down and endlessly changed its mind over the issue. To the point, argues Mediapart's Mathieu Magnaudeix, where the entire affair has become a national farce.

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It lasts barely more than five minutes, but a video sequence on the official site of the French presidency speaks volumes about the current plight of the French government. On it (see video below) you can see the government's official spokesman, Stéphane Le Foll, fielding questions from journalists following the weekly cabinet meeting of ministers that took place on Wednesday February 3rd. It was at this meeting that ministers were officially presented with details of the plan to strip convicted terrorists of their French nationality, part of the post-November 13th attack constitutional reform to be debated in the National Assembly from Friday February 5th.