French President Francois Hollande is abandoning a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the government to strip convicted terrorists of their French citizenship.
“A compromise appears out of reach on the stripping of terrorists’ nationality,” Hollande told reporters, according to AFP. “I also note that a section of the opposition is hostile to any constitutional revision. I deeply regret this attitude.”
NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley told our Newscast unit that the proposal also would have enshrined the state of emergency in France’s constitution. A state of emergency has been in effect since the November terrorist attacks in Paris, and was extended to May 26.
The measure has sharply divided France since it was proposed three days after the November attacks. It seems to have provoked soul-searching about the nature of citizenship and the protections that entails, while also underscoring the challenges authorities face in the wake of increasingly sophisticated militant attacks.