French justice minister quits over controversial anti-terrorist measure

French Justice minister Christiane Taubira speaks to journalists after visiting a terrorism victims assistance centre on January 21, 2016 in Paris. (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

France’s socialist justice minister Christiane Taubira has quit over a controversial measure that would strip citizenship from French-born terrorists. French president Francois Hollande called for the measure to be written into the constitution after the Paris terror attacks in November. The “loss of nationality” clause was popular among conservatives, who saw it as a way of increasing security as some young French men, often with double nationality, leave to fight in Syria and later return to France to plot acts of terrorism. “Removing French nationality from those who blindly kill other French in the name of an ideology of terror is a strong symbolic act against those who have excluded themselves from the national community,” French prime minister Manuel Valls said of the measure. It remained divisive within Hollande’s leading socialist party, nevertheless: when Taubira, one of few leading black women in  French politics, announced she would drop the measure because it was discriminatory, she was promptly overruled by Hollande. Before announcing her resignation over the controversy, she tweeted: “Sometimes to resist means staying, sometimes resisting means leaving.”

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