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French Lawmakers Approve Bill to Battle 'Islamist Extremism'

File photo of French President Emmanuel Macron.

File photo of French President Emmanuel Macron.

President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party rallied around the legislation, with 347 National Assembly lawmakers voting in favour, 151 against and 65 abstaining.

France's lower house of parliament approved Tuesday a law to fight extremism and "Islamist separatism" that the government bills as a riposte to religious groups attempting to undermine France's secular traditions.

President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party rallied around the legislation, with 347 National Assembly lawmakers voting in favour, 151 against and 65 abstaining.

first published:February 16, 2021, 23:12 IST
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