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The Anti-Terrorism Bill definitively adopted

The text authorizes in particular the representatives of the State to decide on the summonses or closures of the places of worship without a judicial green light.

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The Anti-Terrorism Bill definitively adopted
The Senate voted for last time and definitively adopted Anti-Terrorism bill on Wednesday, October 18. This text should take over from state of emergency on 1 November. The bill, already adopted by National Assembly a week ago, was voted by 244 senators. Twenty-two voted against, essentially communists, while Socialists abstained.

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At centre of this controversial text is strengning of powers of administrative authority (prefects, Ministry of Interior) to assign someone not to residence, but within a perimeter at least equal to commune, conduct searches, Close a place of worship or do identity checks near borders. All without a judicial green light, excepted searches.

I will not take decision to refer this law to Constitutional Council. "The quality of work has resulted in a fully satisfactory text," said Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, paying tribute to parliamentary work during a security speech to police officers and gendarmes. The text may only be referred to Constitutional Council if latter is seized by prime minister, President of one of two assemblies, or by sixty or sixty senators.

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