Paris, July 19: A contentious counter-terrorism bill was passed by the conservative Senate with a majority. The controversial bill will toughen security laws in the country. Senators backed the bill by 226 in majority; the bill will now be passed on to the National Assembly for debate in October.
The new laws, a campaign pledge of French President Emmanuel Macron, will replace a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead. Some of them will become permanent under the proposed law, a move rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say is draconian.
Under the state of emergency, authorities have the power to place people under house arrest, order house searches and ban public gatherings without the prior approval of a judge. The measures were extended for a sixth time on July 6. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb defended the bill, saying it was necessary to combat the "ever present" terror threat."We want to come out from the state of emergency, but we can't do so without counter-terrorism controls in place."
Up until recently, France has been the victim of terrorism in a series of terror attacks. The terrifying incidents took place as France invited refugees from the ISIS hit countries. The new French President Emmanuel Macron stands as a big time Pro-Immigrant, and looks forward to counter terrorism by joining hands with various European and Asian countries including India. The controversial bill in France might be a turning point for the country alas.