France divided over revoking citizenship


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls flanked by French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (R) and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (L), delivers a speech during a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace, in Paris, France, 23 December 2015.

The French Socialist government’s controversial proposal to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists with dual nationality creates the debate in France.

As a response to the Paris attacks, the French President, François Hollande proposes to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists with dual nationality, even if French-born. The proposal has turned into a harsh political dispute within the country.

Currently, under the French law, citizenship revocation can only be applied to people who have been naturalised within the last ten years, but the procedure is rarely implemented.

The new rules would extend it to all dual nationals, but can...

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