Hollande Cancels Plan to Strip Citizenship in Terrorism Cases

March 30, 2016 12:56 PM

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Hollande Cancels Plan to Strip Citizenship in Terrorism Cases

PARIS — President François Hollande announced on Wednesday that he was withdrawing a proposal to strip French citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, ending a monthslong debate that convulsed his governing Socialist Party, dominated political discussion after the November terrorist attacks, and led to the resignation of the justice minister.

The idea, originally endorsed by right-wing parties and then adopted by Mr. Hollande three days after the deadly attacks on Nov. 13, provoked furious opposition on the left in France, even though all sides agreed it was largely symbolic and would have little practical effect in combating terrorism.

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