French Senate to vote on security law as Macron addresses Police

The French Senate will on Wednesday vote on a controversial security bill proposed by the government to help deal with the threat of terrorism.

The bill enshrines modified versions of emergency powers into ordinary law.

It has been criticised by UN human rights experts and France’s rights ombudsman Jacques Toubon.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government said that the law was needed for a state of emergency to be was imposed in Paris.

The government said that the state of emergency was as a result of the 2015 attacks that claimed 130 lives, which could be allowed to lapse at the end of the month.

The draft law incorporates into ordinary law, with some restrictions, emergency powers that allowed the authority to restrict the movements of people suspected of terrorist links and to search properties.

It also allows authorities to close places of worship where extremist ideas are propagated.

Security forces are empowered to stop any person and check their identity within 10 km of major international ports and airports.

UN human rights experts Fionnuala Ni Aolain and Michel Frost in September warned of “vague wording’’ in the draft law and “grave consequences for the integrity of human rights’’.

Toubon said that the proposed powers would allow the freedom of individuals to be restricted on the basis of suspicions or attitudes rather than as punishment for offences.

Macron himself would also give a speech to police and military officers on the government’s security policy.

More than 230 people have been killed since early 2015 in France in a succession of attacks by Islamist extremists.


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