French Senate approves controversial anti-terrorism powers bill

Proposed legislation by France's new government to enshrine into regular law certain far-reaching powers allowed under the current state of emergency has passed its first parliamentary test after the Senate approved the bill by a two-thirds majority, meaning it will now go before the lower house, the National Assembly, where the government has a large majority, in October.

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A controversial bill to toughen France's security laws has cleared its first hurdle after the conservative-dominated Senate approved the legislation by a majority, reports FRANCE 24.