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France: Le Pen slams Macron's new counter-terrorism draft in Paris02:50

France: Le Pen slams Macron's new counter-terrorism draft in Paris

France, Paris
September 25, 2017 at 16:08 GMT -00:00 · Published

Leader of the National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen slammed the new counter-terrorism legislation, proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, claiming that the draft compares terrorism to "a crime like any other," when speaking at a press conference at the French National Assembly, Monday.

Le Pen criticised Macron for not having created a proper programme to fight terrorism following the deadly shooting at the Champs-Elysees in central Paris on April 20. She argued that the law treats terrorism like "a crime like any other," which she said is erroneous as according to the FN leader "this is not a normal delinquent act" but "an act of war."

The French National Assembly is debating the draft, aimed "to strengthen the fight against terrorism and internal security." According to Macron, if passed, the law would enable France to end the state of emergency which has been in place since 2015. However, it is alleged that putting an end to the state emergency would mean embedding some of its controversial elements into a permanent law.

The state of emergency grants state authorities extended powers against anyone considered a threat to "public order" and has been condemned by some as enabling human rights abuses. The final vote on the proposed law is expected to take place on October 3.

France: Le Pen slams Macron's new counter-terrorism draft in Paris02:50
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Leader of the National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen slammed the new counter-terrorism legislation, proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, claiming that the draft compares terrorism to "a crime like any other," when speaking at a press conference at the French National Assembly, Monday.

Le Pen criticised Macron for not having created a proper programme to fight terrorism following the deadly shooting at the Champs-Elysees in central Paris on April 20. She argued that the law treats terrorism like "a crime like any other," which she said is erroneous as according to the FN leader "this is not a normal delinquent act" but "an act of war."

The French National Assembly is debating the draft, aimed "to strengthen the fight against terrorism and internal security." According to Macron, if passed, the law would enable France to end the state of emergency which has been in place since 2015. However, it is alleged that putting an end to the state emergency would mean embedding some of its controversial elements into a permanent law.

The state of emergency grants state authorities extended powers against anyone considered a threat to "public order" and has been condemned by some as enabling human rights abuses. The final vote on the proposed law is expected to take place on October 3.

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