French justice minister resigns

France’s Justice Minister Christine Taubira resigns as parliament prepares to examine controversial constitutional reforms

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

France's Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (L), answers questions during a government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, January 12, 2016.

France’s Justice Minister Christine Taubira, often a critique of the French government’s policy on matters of law and order enforcement, resigned on Wednesday, President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement.

The announcement was made as the parliament prepared to examine a controversial constitutional reform allowing people convicted of terrorism to be stripped of their citizenship in certain circumstances.

Taubira said on her Twitter account, “Sometimes you remain in place to resist. Sometimes resisting means you go."

Taubira will be replaced by Jean Jacques Urvoas, a statement released from Hollande’s office said.

Urvoas is widely regarded as being more supportive of Prime Minister Manuel Valls and President Francois Hollande.

Taubira, born in French Guiana on Feb. 2 1952, was often recognised as having an active role on major social policy change such as same sex marriage.

Her resignation comes amid talks in French media of a possible broader shakeup of Hollande’s team as it heads into its last full year before presidential and legislative elections in 2017.

TRTWorld, Reuters