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France: President Drops Plan To Strip Terrorists Of French Nationality

1 MIN READMar 30, 2016 | 19:37 GMT

French President Francois Hollande announced he is dropping his plan to change the country's constitution to allow French authorities to strip citizens convicted of terrorism-related offenses of their French nationality, BBC reported March 30. A number of high-profile attacks targeted France in 2015, including the Nov. 13 Paris attacks and the Jan. 7 assault on the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Hollande's statement came after French lawmakers were not able to agree on the exact nature and wording of the proposed reforms. The disagreement centered on whether the new law would apply only to offenders with dual nationality status, or if it could be applied to French citizens with just one passport, leaving them stateless. Concerns over the economy and terrorism have shifted French politics sharply to the right.

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