The political sinking of French justice minister Christiane Taubira

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France’s justice minister Christiane Taubira this week publicly declared that her government’s new anti-terrorist legislation proposals will not include stripping French nationality from dual nationals found guilty of terrorist crimes. It posed, she said, a “key problem for the fundamental principle of national rights by birthplace, to which I am profoundly attached”. Within 24 hours Prime Minister Manuel Valls insisted that the proposal, pledged by President François Hollande after the November terrorist attacks in Paris, would go ahead. Adding to her humiliation, it is Taubira herself who will present the new bill of law before parliament early next year. Lénaïg Bredoux and Michel Deléan trace the transition of a once flamboyant icon of the Left into a passive objector.

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After the election of François Hollande as French president in May 2012, his freshly-appointed justice minister Christiane Taubira, who began her political career as a member of the independence movement in her native French Guyana, soon became something of an icon for the country’s Left as she spearheaded the promotion of the socialist government’s bill of law for the introduction of same-sex marriages.