Keyword: state of emergency

Macron defends new anti-terror law as state of emergency ends

Anti-terrorism law, which critics say undermines civil liberties, takes effect on Wednesday, in place of state of emergency imposed in November.

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.

Macron uses Versailles speech to pledge end of state of emergency

French president used opulent palace to present a roadmap of his five-year presidency to lawmakers from both houses of parliament.

France uses emergency powers against peaceful protests says Amnesty

Activists, environmentalists, and labour rights campaigners have been unjustifiably banned from participating in protests, says group.

France renews state of emergency for fifth time

French Parliament has voted to extend the legislation until July 15th, after next year's presidential and parliamentary elections.

French parliament votes to extend state of emergency powers

The fourth extension of state of emergency, first introduced after the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, prolongs the wide-ranging powers until January.

French parliament to debate new extension of state of emergency

The fourth polongation of state of emergency likely to last until 2017, giving police sweeping powers for searches and facilitating house arrest orders.

France extends state of emergency to cover Euro 2016 football tournament

It is the third time the state of emergency, which will also cover the Tour de France, has been extended since the November 13 attacks on Paris.

The French government’s intolerable snub to democracy

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Democracy belongs to neither the Left nor the Right, and when it is flouted by governments of either political side every democrat worthy of the name must simply say “no”, argues Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel following the socialist government’s decision to force through parliament, without a vote, its controversial labour law reforms which, he writes in this op-ed, represent a social regression for every employee in France.

Protests, violence and France's love-hate relationship with the police

A clash during a protest in Paris on April 10th, 2016. © Jérôme Chobeaux A clash during a protest in Paris on April 10th, 2016. © Jérôme Chobeaux

There have been claims of police brutality during some of the many protests that have taken place in France in recent weeks against labour law reforms. Yet the police have also been applauded by sections of the public for their role in dealing with terrorist attacks over the past year or so. Meanwhile police officers themselves increasingly resent being painted as defenders of unpopular policies such as the employment law proposals. Matthieu Suc reports on the evolving role of the forces of law and order.

France to extend state of emergency to Euro 2016 soccer tournament

Prime minister Manuel Valls said it was necessary to extend emergency powers for two months as France prepares to host football tournament.

Hollande's key post-terror attacks reform hits the rocks

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The French Senate voted on Thursday in favour of inscribing into the constitution the stripping of French nationality from dual-nationals convicted of terrorist crimes. The text adopted by the Senate is fundamentally different to that adopted last month in the National Assembly, the lower house, which allows for the stripping of French nationality of anyone convicted of terrorism, effectively allowing for individuals to become stateless. As Christophe Gueugneau and Ellen Salvi report, the conflict now appears likely to definitively bury what was one of President François Hollande’s two key and highly controversial constitutional reforms in reaction to the November 13th terrorist massacres in Paris.  

France extends state of emergency for further three months

French parliament approved a second extension of the powers, introduced after the November 13th Paris terrorist attacks, until May 26th.

The triple menace of Hollande's reform of the French constitution

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French MPs this week voted in favour of the government’s proposed reforms of France’s constitution, which include enshrining into fundamental law state of emergency powers and the stripping of French nationality from convicted terrorists. The highly controversial bill will next month be debated by the Senate, and must finally be presented to an extraordinary ‘Congress’ meeting of both houses. Mediapart editor François Bonnet argues here that the proposed reform of the constitution carries a triple menace that threatens the heart of French democracy, the future of the socialist party, and also President François Hollande's ambition to gain a second term of office.

French PM defends state of emergency extension and new powers

Manuel Valls spoke as French MPs start to debate controversial plans to strip French citizenship from people convicted of terrorism.