The French parliament has approved a new anti-terrorist bill, criticized by human rights activists as restrictive of civil liberties. Ahead of the vote, France’s interior minister Gerald Collomb said that “nobody is safe” in the country as “it is still in a state of war.”
The parliament’s lower house, the National Assembly, passed the new legislation in the first reading. The new bill, which seeks to increase law enforcement powers in the fight against terrorism, was supported by 415 lawmakers, with 127 voting against it. It extends the powers of the Interior ministry, which will be able to set up security zones without the approval of a judge.