Anti-terrorism bill: France set to close mosques preaching hatred

Anti-terrorism bill: France set to close mosques preaching hatred

- France has announced that they are at war with jihadists and announced a new anti-terrorism bill

- The new bill by the parliament will make it easier to close mosques suspected of preaching hatred

- The bill is as a result of a recent spate of terrorist attacks linked with the Islamic State

According to recent news reports, the parliament of France has adopted an anti-terrorism bill that will bolster police surveillance powers and make it easier to fight terrorists.

Also this new bill will make it easier to close mosques suspected of preaching hatred. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb described France as being "still in a state of war" as authorities struggle to deal with the threat posed by foreign jihadists and homegrown militants.

According to Daily Mail, the latest attack took place on Sunday, October 1 when suspected Islamist Ahmed Hanachi cried 'Allahu akbar' before fatally stabbing two women outside Marseille's main train station.

Also, according to the new law, the interior ministry, without approval from a judge, will be able to set up security zones when there is a threat and security forces will be able to restrict the movement of people and vehicles in and out of these zones.

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The security forces will also have the power to carry out searches inside these zones. The interior ministry will have more power to shut down mosques and other places of worship, if intelligence agencies believe religious leaders are inciting violence in France or abroad or justifying acts of terrorism.

In addition, according to the bill, the police will also have greater powers to raid private property, if they have judicial approval.

There will be an increased ability to impose restrictions on people's movements, including via electronic surveillance tags, if they are regarded as a threat to national security.

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