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France's parliament approves new anti-terror law

FRANCES PARLIAMENT APPROVES NEW ANTI-TERROR LAW

France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a new counter-terrorism law on Tuesday, making permanent several controversial measures under the state of emergency that has been in place for nearly two years.

The law was approved by 415 votes to 127, with 19 abstentions, at its first reading, despite criticism that it will undermine civil liberties but with broad backing from a public traumatised by a string of jihadist attacks.

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