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France proposes constitution changes after Paris attacks

No more double citizenship for those convicted of terrorism

Stacy Meichtry and Noemie Bisserbe for The Wall Street Journal report:  France is seriously considering the proposal to amend its Constitution in order to protect nation’s interests after infamous Paris terror attacks.

The Socialist government of France, led by President Hollande, proposed Wednesday to adopt constitutional amendments directed to protect the country from terrorist attacks by stripping citizens with double nationality of their French citizenship if they are suspected in undermining national security.

Besides this, another amendment which would authorize police forces perform warrantless searches and order house arrests is considered to be adopted.

The amendments are expected to be approved by the parliament in 2016 are clearly demonstrating the changing attitude of the French state towards increasing outer threats such as terrorism, posed by Islamic State and other groups. However, French nation, based on the principles of “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” or liberty, equality, fraternity, is likely to register disapproval towards such measures. French Prime Minister nevertheless expressed his anticipation that debates indeed would be ensued but the changes would be “symbolic” and probably not very “efficient”.

“Meanwhile, France's interior minister says the government will tighten security for churches around Christmas, amid continued concerns about potential extremist violence after deadly attacks last month,” – claim Meichtry and Bisserbe. For instance, local churches decided to keep only one door open instead of multiple doors to perform a thorough face control in the name of better security.

“Anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic violence has receded since France imposed a state of emergency in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks around Paris by Islamic extremists, which killed 130 people. The attacks put security forces on edge, and raised concerns both about repeat attacks and an anti-Muslim backlash,” – assume Bisserbe and Meichtry. However, out of seven assailants of the extremist attack in Paris only two of them would have been affected by citizenship loss introduced by the constitutional amendments.

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