February 26, 2018

France's Macron to cut MPs by a third

04 July 2017, 01:16 | Kara Nash

France's Macron to cut MPs by a third

Al-Qaeda releases video of foreign hostages including Stephen McGowan

US President Donald Trump will be this year's guest of honour on France's national day, which recalls the storming of the Bastille fortress during the French Revolution of 1789.

He faces preliminary charges of planning an individual terrorist attack, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed on Monday.

It comes to support other forces, " Macron said.

Officers in the capital arrested the young man, who lives in the northern outskirts of Paris, at his home last Thursday, after being alerted when he inquired online about purchasing a Kalashnikov assault rifle. The man previously convicted of terrorist-related activity in 2016.

"The last decade was a cruel one for Europe", Macron tells a rare joint session of the French parliament.

A French military intervention in January 2013 turned back a separatist movement in Mali's north, but various armed groups still stage attacks.

On Monday, Macron said he would lift the state of emergency imposed upon the country since November 2015 later this year.

The French leader last month set out a tough new antiterrorism law created to allow the lifting of the state of emergency, which has been extended five times.

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It did so in the form of an official travel ban to states whose LGBT laws it deems too conservative - among them Tennessee. A new Kentucky law would allow student organizations at state schools to block LBGT people from membership.

Despite this murder threat, the parade will continue to take place on Champs-Elysees on July 14. The incident involved several suicide bombings near a soccer match, several shootings and a hostage situation and mass shooting at a concert.

Speaking at a special parliamentary session Monday in Versailles, Macron promised to "restore the freedoms of the French" after almost two years under a state of emergency.

In his first address to members of the National Assembly and Senate since his election in May, Macron delivered a US-style state of the nation speech in the Versailles palace, the former seat of French kings, saying the country must change.

Mr Macron also pledged tougher new measures to prevent any new attack "without pity. without weakness".

The jihadists have been largely driven out of this region by an global military intervention launched in January 2013 at the initiative of France, and which continues now.

In his address Macron committed to strengthening the European Union after Britain's vote to exit.

Macron also said he wants to abolish of the Court of Justice of the Republic, a special French institution established in 1993 that hears cases against ministers accused of misconduct.

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