France will not strip terrorists of nationality
This constitutional reform was proposed in the wake of recent Paris attacks
Paris: French President Francois Hollande said yesterday he was scrapping his plan for constitutional reforms in the wake of the November 13 attacks on Paris, including a measure to strip convicted terrorists of their nationality.
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. Pic/AFP
Hollande announced in a televised statement 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.
llande proposed the reforms after Islamic State group suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people across Paris. France was shocked not only because it was the second major terrorist attack on Paris in a year—in January, gunmen targeted Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical publication, and a Jewish supermarket, killing 20 people—but also because many of those who carried out the attacks were French citizens. ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks. "A compromise appears out of reach on the stripping of terrorists’ nationality," Hollande said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to the victims of the Brussels terror attacks in which over 30 people, including an Indian, lost their lives due to "mindless violence". Pic/PTI
"I also note that a section of the opposition is hostile to any constitutional revision. I deeply regret this attitude. Hollande pledged that despite dropping the reform plans, he would not "deviate from the commitments I have taken... to ensure the security of our country."
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