French President Francois Hollande has decided to abandon a bill that would have revoked citizenship for convicted terrorists and strengthened the state of emergency, because of a deadlock in parliament.

In a rare address to reporters following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Hollande said Wednesday he had no choice. France’s two houses of parliament disagree on the bill and a compromise “seems out of reach,” he said.

“I very much regret that attitude.”

He had submitted the two proposals days after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.

The Socialist president’s proposal to revoke the citizenship of convicted terrorists who had dual nationalities prompted a heated political dispute, with the far right applauding the idea while some on the left denounced it as a divisive measure.

Opponents of the measure say it would create two classes of citizens — dual nationals who could lose their French citizenship and French citizens who cannot — in opposition to the principle of equality set out in France’s constitution.

The rule could not be applied to people who are French citizens only, as France’s obligations under international law prevent it from leaving a person stateless.


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