French MPs adopt tough anti-terror law


However, Mr Collomb argued that the Paris incident and a knife attack in Marseille on Sunday that left two women dead underlined the importance of tough new security laws.

Speaking this afternoon, the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the investigation proves France is "still in a state of war" with terror groups like Islamic State.

French lawmakers in the lower house of parliament were set to vote later today on a new counter-terrorism law that rights groups and United Nations experts have criticised for giving too much power to police and local government officials.

As reported by Point information, hydrocarbons had been dispersed around canisters and a firing device, made with a cell phone connected to wires, was also found on-site.

A resident in the Rue Chanez, on the edge of the western 16th arrondissement, alerted police when he found two gas cylinders in the entrance to his apartment building at 4.30am on Saturday.

The new law gives authorities the power to confine suspected jihadist sympathisers to their neighbourhood without the prior approval of a judge, and to throw a wide security cordon around places or events deemed vulnerable to attack.

"People who are supposedly foreigners, black or North African will be stigmatised", said Thierry Paul Valette, head of another anti-racism group Egalite Nationale, according to French daily Liberation.

Three suicide bombers targeted the Stade de France during multiple terror attacks in the city in November 2015 killing one person.

The Senate, France's upper house of parliament, approved it in July after some amendments.

"I'm not saying that we will prevent attacks altogether, but we have already foiled a number of attacks that would have killed many people on French soil", he said.

The state of emergency, the most sweeping anti-terrorism powers in Europe, will expire at the end of October.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.