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France will not be deterred by terrorism - Hollande

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By Keith Walker  with Reuters, Stratfor
France will not be deterred by terrorism - Hollande

French president Francois Hollande says that France will always protect the values it stands for.

Hollande, who is in the Indian capital, was reacting to the ISIL propaganda video showing locations targeted during November’s Paris attacks.

“France will not be deterred by any kind of threats of terrorism,” said Hollande. “We will take all measures that are required to protect democracy. Therefore, the decision was taken to extend the period of emergency in France, so that we can take all the necessary measures — we will always protect the values for which France stands. This video brings discredit to the perpetrator of these crimes.”

State of Fear

As France remains on edge, President Hollande is looking to extend the state of emergency imposed after a series of suicide bombings and shootings across Paris in November, despite criticism from human rights groups.

The country’s state of emergency gives the government the authority to search houses without a warrant and restrict the right to peaceful assembly, all without judicial oversight.

Hollande is looking at broadening those powers to include measures to strip dual citizens of their French nationality if they are convicted on terrorism charges.

The proposal has been added to a constitutional amendment bill, which will be debated from early February. It comes in spite of opposition from members of the Socialist administration, including Justice Minister Christiane Taubira.

Guest of Honour

Hollande was set to be the guest of honour at India’s Republic Day parade on Tuesday (January 25), a sign of the deepening political and commercial ties between the two countries.