France quarrels over revoking citizenship of terrorists


PARIS (AP) – The push by France’s Socialist government to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists with dual nationality after the Paris attacks has turned into a harsh political dispute, with the far right applauding the move while some on the left express indignation at what they call a divisive measure.

French President Francois Hollande submitted the proposal three days after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 dead, in a shift toward a hard line on security. The idea appears to have strong support in French public opinion. Several polls over the past week suggest that 80 to 90 percent of the French are in favor of the measure.


We had that debate here in Australia. The sitting government won in the Senate and Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

It is law as of a couple of months ago that any Australian citizen who holds dual citizenship of another country and is found to have aided or participated in terrorist activities for groups identified as “terrorist” as defined by the CIA list, whether that aid is financial or fighting for terrorist armies or otherwise will have to be proved.

Once that is proved their Australian citizenship stripped from them. They can be tried in absentia. Parliament determined that being an Australian citizen is a privilege which comes with rights and responsibilities.

It is yet to be tested in the High Court which is the highest court of the land.


I think that is a good idea and I hope France will follow Australia’s steps.


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