France’s counterterrorism powers remain open to abuse. A November 2017 security law incorporated some emergency powers into ordinary law, granting the authorities powers without judicial safeguards that undermine the rights to liberty, freedoms of movement, association, expression, privacy and security. French police used excessive force during sometimes violent demonstrations in Paris in late 2018 and early 2019, causing injuries to protestors who were not engaged in violence. The government failed to pursue necessary reforms to tackle discriminatory police identity checks. Asylum seekers and migrants sometimes face police abuse. Flawed age assessments of unaccompanied migrant children in Paris exclude many from care.

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