People gathered in front of the main Independence Day celebrations in Paris for the first time since the start of the conflict to mark the event, with crowds clapping and shouting “Yes to independence”.
France, a key European Union member, is set to hold the independence day celebrations for the second time on Sunday, with the first in November.
The new law allows people to celebrate the holiday as long as they do not disturb public order.
The government has also banned street protests and mass gatherings, including on the streets of the capital.
It also announced the closure of the streets, except for the main boulevard where the main march took place, which will remain closed until the end of the week.
The law also says that people who commit criminal offences can be jailed for a maximum of 10 years and fined up to 200,000 euros ($227,000).
Those who commit the same offences while protesting against government policy or by occupying the streets can face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euro.
In total, over 700,000 people have been arrested in France since the conflict began in March 2015, according to police figures.
More than 1,500 have died, according the UN’s human rights office.
The French authorities have been accused of using the war as a tool to intimidate dissent and to suppress the country’s own democratic opposition.
The UN has described the government as “authoritarian” and a “military dictatorship”.
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In July, the French government said there had been no “clear evidence” of mass arrests, and said there were no plans to crack down on protesters.
But in recent weeks, the government has come under pressure from human rights groups and human rights organisations to crackdowns.
The president, Emmanuel Macron, and the defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, have said the army is committed to peace and has not committed atrocities, but critics say the government is using the conflict as a political tool to try and intimidate people.
The military has denied that it has used violence against demonstrators.
A protester holds a banner reading “Freedom for the French people” as he holds a placard during a demonstration to protest against the French state in front, in front the headquarters of the French intelligence agency (SAP), in Paris, France, January 25, 2021.
The protests have been held by hundreds of thousands of people in France.
They have focused on the government’s plans to allow thousands of new passports to be issued for citizens without their nationalities being revealed, as well as the government allowing foreign companies to open up shop in France, with restrictions on immigration.
In December, the army said it had arrested over 1,000 protesters and would arrest more than 3,000 more, but many people said the arrests were part of a campaign to silence dissent.
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The court said the ruling had been “completely unjustified”.
However, in a decision released on Thursday, the court said it would not reverse the decision because it had “no jurisdiction”.
The government has said that all of those who had been arrested were innocent.
On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris to protest the government over the government-imposed travel ban, which they say is an attack on freedom of speech.
At least 11 people have died in the protests, the highest death toll from the conflict.
“There are no plans for a crackdown on the march.
We will continue to protest, no matter what the government does,” Thierry Le Roux, a 34-year-old from Toulouse, told AFP news agency.
“It’s not about the military.
It’s about people’s rights, the rights of French citizens.”