From the Bataclan to Nice: A Critique of France’s State of Emergency Regime

1 January 2017 - Bérénice Boutin & Christophe Paulussen

In recent years, France has been struck by several terrorist attacks. In reaction, it has adopted numerous counter-terrorism laws and policies. In November of 2015, immediately after the Paris attacks, even a state of emergency regime was declared by the French Government. This regime has been prolonged since then. This policy brief analyses the state of emergency regime and ties it to France’s legislative response to terrorism more generally. It is observed that, at various levels, serious human rights concerns arise that are detrimental to the fight against terrorism. In conclusion, concrete policy recommendations are offered to address these concerns. 

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