French parliament debates plan to enshrine emergency powers in constitution


"French lawmakers on Friday started debating constitutional changes that would see French nationals convicted of terror offences stripped of their citizenship and make it easier to put controversial emergency measures in place.

(...) The Socialist government now wants to write the measure – created during the Algerian war in 1955 – into France's cherished constitution, citing what it sees as a persistent threat from jihadist militants."


See the article: French parliament debates plan to enshrine emergency powers in constitution (France 24, link)

See also: Valls calls for "total, global and ruthless" war on terror (Statewatch News Online, January 2016) and: France: Disproportionate emergency measures leave hundreds traumatized (Amnesty, link): "Heavy-handed emergency measures, including late night house raids and assigned residence orders, have trampled on the rights of hundreds of men, women and children, leaving them traumatized and stigmatized, according to a new briefing released by Amnesty International today ahead of Friday’s French parliamentary debate on entrenching emergency measures in the constitution."

 

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