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paris » The push by France’s So­cial­ist gov­ern­ment to re­voke the cit­i­zen­ship of con­victed ter­ror­ists with dual na­tion­al­ity af­ter the Paris at­tacks has turned into a harsh po­lit­i­cal dis­pute, with the far right ap­plaud­ing the move while some on the left ex­press in­dig­na­tion at what they call a di­vi­sive mea­sure.

French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande sub­mit­ted the pro­posal three days af­ter the Nov. 13 at­tacks in Paris that left 130 dead, in a shift to­ward a hard line on se­cu­rity. The idea ap­pears to have strong sup­port in French pub­lic opin­ion. Sev­eral polls over the past week sug­gest that 80 to 90 per­cent of the French are in fa­vor of the mea­sure.

Un­der cur­rent French law, cit­i­zen­ship re­vo­ca­tion can only be ap­plied to peo­ple who have been nat­u­ral­ized, not if they are French-born, and the pro­ce­dure is rarely im­ple­mented.

The new rules would ex­tend it to all dual na­tion­als, but can­not be ap­plied to peo­ple who are only French cit­i­zens, as France’s obli­ga­tions un­der in­ter­na­tional law pre­vent it from leav­ing a per­son state­less.

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