Addressing the Congrès des Parliamentaires – a meeting of both houses of parliament, the senate and the national assembly – the French president, François Hollande, called for the French constitution to be rewritten in the fight against terrorism.
Hollande said France demands a rapid implementation of “coordinated and systematic controls” of the EU’s internal and external borders.
If Europe does not control its external borders, then it’s back to national borders. This would be the dismantling of the European Union.
He also said he wanted French law to allow dual nationals to be stripped of their French citizenship if they were convicted of terrorism and banned from entering France if they presented a “terrorism risk”.
Hollande announced that France will increase its presence in Syria.
He has called for the UN security council to meet in the coming days to adopt a united position against Isis.
We are confronting an organisation, IS, that controls a large amount of territory, financial resources and military capabilities.
He pledged to increase the budgets for security forces and the army, announcing the creation of 8,500 new jobs.
We will have 5,000 new police officers within five years. The Ministry of Justice will include an extra 2,500 posts and there will be 1,000 more people working in customs.
Referring to the eurozone budget limits, he said:
I consider that in these circumstances, the security pact prevails over the stability pact.
Hollande added that he will table a bill to extend the state of emergency in France by three months.
Addressing French lawmakers directly, he said:
You are the representatives of free people, invincible when united. We will use all our strength within the law to defeat terrorism.
We will eradicate terrorism so that France may continue to lead the way, because French citizens want to continue to live without fear.
As the French parliament did in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, both the senate and national assembly sang the Marseillaise after President Hollande finished his speech.