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Hollande abandons plans to strip convicted terrorists of citizenship

Hollande abandons plans to strip convicted terrorists of citizenship

France

French President Francois Hollande has dropped plans to amend the constitution to strip militants convicted of terror attacks of their French nationality.

Hollande said he was closing the constitutional debate on the reforms after the lower house, the National Assembly, and opposition-dominated Senate failed to agree on the text.

I noticed that parts of the opposition have been hostile to any revision of the constitution...I deplore this attitude...

“I noticed that parts of the opposition have been hostile to any revision of the constitution…I deplore this attitude… I have decided after having talked with the speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate to end this constitutional debate,” he said.

The President had submitted the reforms two days after gun and bomb attacks by Islamist militants killed about 130 people across Paris in November last year.

But the initiative had divided lawmakers and caused months of heated discussions.

Hollande said that despite dropping the reforms plan, he would still stay committed to ensure that France remains secure.

France has been under a state of emergency since November 14 which is due to expire on 26 May.

Reuters

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