Call to arms as Hollande to amend constitution

French President has given the call to arms — “France is at war,” , his remarks at the opening of a joint session of Parliament with authorities in France and Belgium zeroing in on a suspect they claim is the architect of the Paris attacks.

Call to arms as Hollande to amend constitution

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Francois Hollande has said that France's constitution will need reforms in order to deal with crisis situations as he addressed both houses of parliament convened at Versailles.

Hollande said that French law should be changed so that dual nationals would be stripped of their French citizenship if they were convicted of terrorism and dual nationals to be banned from entering France if they presented a "terrorism risk".

He also mades pledges to increase budgets for security forces and the army.

"That will lead to higher spending, which I take responsibility for," Hollande said.

"I consider that in these circumstances, the security pact prevails over the stability pact," he said, referring to the eurozone budget limits.

Mr. Hollande will also seek to extend the current state of emergency for three months and let the government strip the citizenship of French natives who are convicted of terrorism and hold a second passport.

“Our democracy has prevailed over much more formidable opponents than these cowardly assassins,” Mr. Hollande said a day after France conducted airstrikes against the Syrian city of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State. It was the country’s most intense military strike yet against the radical group, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Kasım 2015, 11:01