A measure proposed in France in the aftermath of last November’s terrorist attacks that prompted vocal support, ardent opposition, passionate debate, the resignation of a Cabinet minister, and which was being watched worldwide for its potential implications is now dead.
President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, dropped the plan to strip some French militants convicted of terrorism of their citizenship. Also gone is a proposal to expand emergency powers. Both measures would have required changes to France’s Constitution.
“Parts of the opposition have been hostile to a revision of the Constitution,” Hollande said Wednesday after a weekly Cabinet meeting. “I deplore this attitude. I have decided to end this debate.”
The measures were proposed in the wake of the November 13 attacks on Paris that killed 130 people. France was shocked not only because it was the second major terrorist attack on Paris in a year—in January, gunmen targeted Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical publication, and a Jewish supermarket, killing 20 people—but also because many of those who carried out the attacks were French citizens. ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks. In response, Hollande proposed sweeping changes to enhance security, including the measure to strip some convicted terrorists of their citizenship and expanded emergency powers.