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Counter-terrorism legislation proposed by the French government will "normalise abusive practices", undermine personal freedoms and may fuel prejudice against the Muslim minority, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.

A bill presented last week would enshrine curbs on fundamental rights in law if approved by parliament, the rights group said.

Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron wants the legislation to replace temporary emergency powers in place since Islamist militants attacked Paris in 2015.

"Instead of truly ending France's 19-month temporary state of emergency, the government is making some of its far-reaching powers permanent, but with little effective court oversight," HRW's Kartik Raj said.


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