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


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

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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

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

France seeks to extend state of emergency despite protests

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Government confirms it will seek a three-month extension of state of emergency and legislate to strip citizenship of convicted terrorists.

Thousands rally in Paris against extension of state of emergency

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Up to 20,000 people brandishing slogans such as 'state of emergency-police state' marched against a measure they say curbs human rights.

Top French court rejects scrapping the state of emergency

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France’s top administrative court rejects appeal from human rights group, says terror threats and risk of attacks justify measure.

France aims to keep state of emergency until Islamic State is defeated

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'As long as the threat is there, we must use all available means' said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arguing for longterm special powers.

UN and French rights commission condemn state of emergency 'abuses'


French President François Hollande on Wednesday told French parliament leaders that he will seek a third extension of state of emergency powers introduced immediately after the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead. The announcement followed two separate and fiercely critical reports published this week, one by the government’s own official consultative committee on human rights which denounced "abuses" and the "devastating damage" of the special powers the government has granted itself, and another by a panel of United Nations rights experts who said the measure had created “excessive and disproportionate restrictions”. Jérôme Hourdeaux reports.

French PM presses on with plan to enshrine emergency powers in constitution

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The move would bar legal challenges to search and detention powers and the stripping of French citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism.

French state of emergency facing court challenges

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Some Muslims in France are taking government to court over what they call illegal acts in the name of preventing another jihadist attack.

French war on terror: 2,500 searches but just two investigations

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Following the French government's decision to declare a state of emergency in the wake of the November 13th terror attacks in Paris, the authorities have carried out 2,500 searches that did not require judicial approval, in the name of fighting terrorism. But so far these so-called administrative searches have led to just two preliminary investigations by the antiterrorism prosecution authorities in Paris and no one has been held in custody in connection with either of them. As Louise Fessard reports, a French parliamentary committee will report this week on the “abuses” carried out under the state of emergency.

The 'dangerous ideas' of extending France's state of emergency powers

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In an editorial, The New York Times argues strongly against moves by Paris to adopt powers that 'threaten the civil rights of an entire nation'.

French state of emergency powers 'could be made indefinite'

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News agency AFP reports text of draft law could make French government's exceptional three-month state of emergency powers 'indefinite'.

Nearly 1,000 people denied entry to France since Paris attacks

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Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said they had been barred because of risk they could represent for 'public order and security in our country'.