The state of emergency, which is due to expire on February 26, has been criticised by United Nations rights experts for imposing 'excessive and disproportionate' restrictions on key rights.

The state of emergency was imposed after gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a string of Parisian cafes and restaurants, a concert hall and football stadium, leaving 130 dead and hundreds injured on November 13.

It has led to thousands of police raids and hundreds of house arrests under emergency policing powers that government wants written into the constitution.

The proposed constitutional reform includes the power to strip French citizenship from people convicted of terrorist offences, if they have another nationality, a move that has created divisions within the government and the country at large.

On Tuesday, a group of four United Nations rights specialists also called on France 'not to extend the state of emergency'.

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