Resignation of Christiane Taubira, French Justice Minister
Christiane Taubira resigned today from her position as French justice minister assessing that “Sometimes to resist means staying, sometimes to resist means leaving”. The minister, usually perceived as an outspoken voice on the left of the Socialist government and defender of a rights-based, open approach to the justice system, was notably known for her role in introducing France’s same sex marriage law in 2013. A difficult role that led her to often face racist taunts from far-right sympathizers.
By resigning, she aims to express her disapproval of President Hollande and Prime Minister Valls’s measure to be written into the constitution concerning the loss of nationality for bi-nationals convicted of terrorism. Mrs Taubira is particularly concerned that such a decision could cause dangerous side-effect by sending a message that French citizens could be divided into two categories.
Due to her opposition and open position against the measure along the fact that staying inside the government meant that she would have to defend this law, tensions were rising.
This departure gives to the government a greater flexibility to drive changes to the French constitution, particularly concerning the state of emergency and anti-terror policy. However, the loss of this left key figure could prevent President Hollande to rally the Socialist party for reelection in the presidential race next year.
Mrs. Taubira has been replaced by the Brittany MP Jean-Jacques Urvoas, president of the parliamentary laws commission, who has been helping Hollande to craft the constitutional changes.
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