France Votes to Strip Citizenship from Terrorists
Wed, February 10, 2016
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the National Assembly in France. (Photo: © Reuters)
The French National Assembly approved stripping citizenship from convicted terrorists. The bill passed by 162-148 in the lower house of the French Parliament on February 9.
The bill is aimed at French citizens who join the Islamic State.
The proposal, if made law, would add a clause allowing passport-stripping into the constitution.
“Tomorrow, we will hold another vote. I think the approval will be broader and the constitutional reform will go ahead,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters following the vote.
In order to change the constitution the bill needs to be passed by the Senate (the upper house of the French Parliament) then by both houses again with a three-fifths majority.
International treaties signed by France forbid governments from making people stateless.
This is a news report on the vote: