Hollande drops plan to strip terror convicts of citizenship

'Terror threat never this high, strong EU action needed'

30 March, 16:17

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MARCH 30 - French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday announced at the Elysee, after a council of ministers, that he is dropping a constitutional reform plan promised four months ago in the wake of terror attacks.

    Hollande, whose popularity dropped to a new record low of 18% yesterday, will not be gathering both houses for an extraordinary congress in Versailles to make lawmakers vote to include in the constitutional charter the state of emergency and to strip terror convicts of their French citizenship.

    Leaving the customary council of ministers held Wednesday at the Elysee, Hollande announced he had ''decided to close the constitutional debate'' because he had not succeeded in getting backing for his proposal. The most controversial rule, which divided the majority and was opposed by the right, concerned stripping convicted terrorists with a dual citizenship of their French nationality. Such a measure would have been impossible for those with just one passport as they would have become stateless. ''I will not stir from the engagements I have taken to guarantee the country's security'', added the head of state.

    The terror threat ''has never been this high'', stressed Hollande in a live message to French citizens, announcing he was giving up on the constitutional reform. ''The war will still be long'' and ''determined action at a European level is necessary'', he added. (ANSAmed).

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