Politicians in France’s lower house of parliament have voted through a controversial proposal to amend the constitution to strip people convicted of terrorist offences of their French nationality.
The measure, passed by a show of hands, followed weeks of debate and is one of a tough set of measures proposed by President Francois Hollande in the wake of the jihadist attacks in Paris on 13 November that killed 130 people.
The nationality measure has strong public support but has deeply divided Mr Hollande's ruling Socialist Party.
Christiane Taubira resigned as justice minister late last month over her opposition to it and Mr Hollande's former prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, has publicly condemned the amendment.
For the measures to be fully adopted, they require not only the support of the lower house of parliament and that of the upper house, or Senate, but also the backing of a three-fifths majority of Congress - the name given to the body formed when both houses meet at the Palace of Versailles to vote on revisions to the constitution.
Politicians will vote tomorrow on the collective package of measures proposed by Mr Hollande. Yesterday they voted in favour of the other key measure in the package, the move to enshrine the state of emergency in the constitution.
Earlier, parliament overwhelmingly voted to extend the current state of emergency by another three months, giving police and security forces increased powers.
Rights groups say police are abusing these powers, but the government says it is an essential step to protect the nation at a time when France could face another jihadist attack.