A law in France that bans people from regularly consulting jihadist websites which urge "acts of terrorism" was ruled unconstitutional by a top judicial body on Friday.

The law was brought in last June, seven months after shooting and bomb attacks by Islamist militants that killed 130 people in Paris ushered in a state of emergency in France.

In a ruling on Friday, the 10-member constitutional court vetoed the law which sets a two-year prison sentence for consulting jihadist websites regularly, saying it infringed the freedom of communication unnecessarily and disproportionately.

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