France plans to cancel nationality of convicted terrorists

French government plans to cancel nationality of dual citizens implicated in terrorism with constitutional amendment

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Photo by: Reuters

French government plans to cancel nationality of citizens implicated in terrorism cases following constitutional amendment.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday that the French government will pursue plans to strip dual citizens of their French nationality if they are convicted of terrorism.

The multiple attacks in Paris on November 13th which killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others carried out by the DAESH terrorist group were described by President Francois Hollande as an "act of war."

After the Paris attacks, President Francois Hollande increased security precautions in France.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira - who opposed the lastest proposed measure - said on Tuesday it had been dropped from the amendment bill, Reuters reported.

"In the current state of things, my presence or absence from government is not what matters, it's the president's and the government's capacity to deal with the dangers facing us," Justice Minister Taubira said in a new conference.

Valls, on Wednesday, however, defended the measure, saying it will be strictly limited to people convicted on terrorism charges.

Several states across the globe - including some in the US - have refused to open their doors to Syrian refugees after the attacks in Paris.

TRTWorld and agencies