France adopts new anti-jihadist law
9 July 2014, 18:48 -- France on Wednesday presented a bill aimed at strengthening anti-terrorism laws to stop increasing numbers of aspiring jihadists from travelling to combat in Syria. The new bill, presented by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to the council of ministers, came as a 48-year-old woman was charged under anti-terrorism laws after visiting Syria thrice where her son is fighting.
It includes a prohibition on foreign travel of up to six months for individuals suspected of being radicalised, and gives authorities powers to confiscate and invalidate their passports, AFP reports.
Airlines will be forbidden to carry targeted passengers and will have to notify French authorities the moment one of them makes a reservation.
A Passenger Name Record - containing the itinerary for a certain passenger or group in a computer reservation system - will be given to European authorities to help identify such persons.
If the people targeted under the ban do manage to go abroad, they will be the subject of an international arrest warrant.
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