Hollande scraps post-attacks constitutional reform after opposition

French President Francois Hollande announced he was "closing the constitutional debate" on his plan for constitutional reforms on March 30, 2016.
French President Francois Hollande announced he was "closing the constitutional debate" on his plan for constitutional reforms on March 30, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday (March 30) he was scrapping his plan for constitutional reforms in the wake of the November 13 attacks on Paris, including a measure to strip convicted terrorists of their nationality.

Hollande announced in a televised statement he was "closing the constitutional debate" on the reforms after the lower house, the National Assembly, and opposition-dominated Senate failed to agree on the text.

Hollande proposed the reforms after Islamic State group suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people across Paris.

"A compromise appears out of reach on the stripping of terrorists' nationality," Hollande said.

"I also note that a section of the opposition is hostile to any constitutional revision. I deeply regret this attitude.

Hollande pledged that despite dropping the reform plans, he would not "deviate from the commitments I have taken... to ensure the security of our country."