French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday discarded plans of stripping convicts of terror attacks of their French nationality. The plan, which raised concerns that it might render people stateless, was proposed by Hollande’s government in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people.
“A compromise appears out of reach on the stripping of terrorists’ nationality,” Hollande was quoted by the Yahoo News as saying in a statement. “I also note that a section of the opposition is hostile to any constitutional revision. I deeply regret this attitude. I have decided to close the constitutional debate (but) I will not deviate from the commitments I have taken… to ensure the security of our country.”
The initial proposal by Hollande sought to cancel the citizenship of the extremists born in France and held a second passport. This created an upheaval in his Socialist party while critics argued that it would divide the French citizens into two categories as there are a large number of people who hold dual passports.
However, polls showed that the majority of the French people, already weary of terrorism, supported the idea. But, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira resigned from her role in protest of the plan.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president and the leader of the Opposition party, criticised the plan saying Hollande’s leadership was at fault.
“By promising everything and the opposite of everything, in reality, he condemns the country to stalemate and immobility,” the BBC quoted him as saying.
The decision to drop the reform came as the European government are being increasingly criticised for their failure to ensure the safety of their citizens and laxism, as terror threats loom over the continent.
“The threat remains higher than ever,” said Hollande.