France hardens stance on dual-national terror convicts, state of emergency

PARIS -- France's government hardened its position toward dual-national terrorism convicts Wednesday, saying they deserved to have their citizenship revoked as part of a series of constitutional changes upholding the state of emergency imposed after the Nov.

See Full Article

13 attacks.

In a speech presenting the proposed changes to France's constitution, Prime Minister Manuel Valls also left open the possibility of prolonging the state of emergency beyond its current three-month window, describing an "unparalleled extraordinary situation, an unprecedented fight."

One hundred and thirty people died and hundreds were wounded in the Paris attacks, which were carried out in the name of the Islamic State group largely by French and Belgian extremists. Afterward, the state of emergency allowed security forces to impose house arrests and carry out searches without a warrant.

Valls said in 40 days, 2,900 searches had netted 443 weapons, including 40 military-grade arms.

In all, 1,000 people have left from France to join extremists in Syria and Iraq, Valls said, by far the largest contingent from Western Europe.

"We know that the fighters are often grouped according to their language, to train and prepare actions on our soil," he said.

This appears to have been the case for at least some of the Nov. 13 attackers, who included French-speaking men who had left to fight for Islamic State.

The plan to revoke citizenship for terror convicts has caused fissures in the Socialist government. But France's justice minister, Christiane Taubira, who had said she was opposed to the measure, was on stage next to Valls when he announced it.

"It is a highly symbolic measure," Valls said. "This is a strong punishment that the nation is lawfully entitled to impose upon someone who commits the ultimate betrayal."



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Time to flee the Robolution

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    The federal budget was chilling in many ways, but here’s what scares me the most: Robots are after your job. Those career-snatching tin cans were a focus of finance minister Bill Morneau’s speech, which outlined $5.2 billion in job retraining for us poor human schmucks. Source
  • Spoiled brat Red Bull heir wins new delay

    World News Toronto Sun
    BANGKOK — An heir to the Red Bull fortune won another delay Thursday in facing charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer almost five years ago. Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya has been a no-show for meetings with prosecutors on several occasions, complaining through his attorney of unfair treatment, or citing duties out of the country. Source
  • Russian granny decapitates pal, boils head

    World News Toronto Sun
    A barbaric babushka - called ‘The Granny Ripper’ - beheaded a pal then boiled her head and cops fear she has more victims. According to Russian prosecutors, Tamara Samsonova, 68, knocked out her friend Valentina Ulanova, 79, with 50 sleeping pills she crushed into a salad. Source
  • Waste-of-time Tories should get off ballot

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    If not for the convoluted rat’s nest that federal Conservatives have concocted to choose their next leader, Friday’s midnight deadline to get off the ballot might have had a few takers. But the odds are good no one will pull the pin, and that includes the truly hopeless among the baker’s dozen-plus-one vying to kick interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose out of Stornoway, and take on the Pied Piperism of Justin Trudeau in 2019. Source
  • Top aide to U.S. President Trump leaves administration

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- A top aide to President Donald Trump said she is leaving his administration to join a pro-Trump outside group, America First Policies. Deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh said Thursday she decided to make the move after the Trump-backed health care bill failed last week to amass enough support to clear the House. Source
  • Roger Daltrey: 'Dead dog’ would have beaten Hillary Clinton

    World News Toronto Sun
    LONDON — Roger Daltrey says “a dead dog” would have beaten Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election. The Who’s legendary front man tells the British music news website NME that President Donald Trump “really didn’t win” the election because Democrats “threw it away. Source
  • Former ’Top Model’ contestant among Houston shooting victims

    World News Toronto Sun
    HOUSTON — One of the four people wounded in a Houston shooting that also killed two victims was a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” and the sister of one of the men who died. Court records identified 32-year-old Brandy Rusher as one of the wounded. Source
  • Police seek driver who 'intentionally rammed' cruiser in Toronto

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO - Police say they're looking for a driver who rammed an OPP cruiser with his car on Highway 401 in east-end Toronto early Thursday. Provincial police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says an officer noticed a vehicle without plates and pulled up beside it to get a look at the driver. Source
  • 'It starts with hope': Indigenous Affairs Minister announces funding for Ontario First Nations children

    Canada News CBC News
    Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has announced $9.11 million to help Ontario First Nations raise children in healthy and safe environments. "It starts with hope," Bennett said during a visit on Thursday to Sudbury, Ont. Source
  • Fire burns through at least 125 hectares of marsh in Point Pelee National Park

    Canada News CTV News
    LEAMINGTON, Ont. - A southwestern Ontario national park popular with bird watchers is closed after a fire burned through part of the site on the north shore of Lake Erie. Leamington, Ont., fire officials say the blaze at Point Pelee National Park appears to be out. Source