French police given strict powers by President Emmanuel Macron’s new security laws

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FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron has forced through draconian new laws that will legalise many of the country’s state of emergency powers.

It means officers will now be able to raid homes and put suspects under house arrest without going to a judge.

 Emmanuel Macron became president in May this year after winning the French election

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Emmanuel Macron became president in May this year after winning the French election

They will also get a version of stop-and-search powers.

And officials can close mosques or other “places of worship” if they “provoke violence, hatred or discrimination”.

The national security bill cements many of the state of emergency powers given to police after the Paris attacks that killed 130 in November 2015. Since then, 4,000 raids have been carried out with no warrant and 700 put under house arrest — 100 thought to be Muslim.

But campaigners say the new laws are an attack on civil liberties, human rights and France’s liberal history.

 The new laws give officials to the power to close mosques.

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The new laws give officials to the power to close mosques.

Marwan Muhammad, of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, said: “What was problematic and exceptional will now become problematic and normal. There is no coming back from this.”

But Interior Minister Gérard Collomb insisted that the new law will give “better tools” to protect the French against a “persistent threat”.

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