French assembly agrees on controversial plan

French lawmakers vote in favour of controversial plan, including stripping nationality from convicted 'terrorists'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The National Assembly

French lawmakers in the lower house of parliament on Tuesday passed President Francois Hollande’s controversial proposal that strips French citizenship from people convicted of “terrorism" and approved a three month extention to the state of emergency imposed after the deadly Paris attacks in November.

The National Assembly passed the proposal by 162 votes to 148 with 22 abstentions, following weeks of debate.

Hollande’s government proposed the change to the constitution after the deadly Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead on November 13.

Although the purpose had strong public support, some members from Hollande’s Socialist Party objected to it. 

The Centrist Union of Democrats and Independents along with socialist members from former President Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing Republican Party voted in favour of the purpose.

Ecologists and other socialist lawmakers from the different fractions were opposed. 

Former right-wing President Nicolas Sarkozy backed the plan early on Tuesday saying that "with 130 people killed, we made a commitment never to behave like small-minded politicians in the face of such a tragedy."

The constitutional change will need approval from the upper house of parliament, the Senate, and finally by both houses by a three-fifths majority.

TRTWorld and agencies