France to extend state of emergency for six months

    France to extend state of emergency for six months

    July 20, Paris: National Assembly of France has voted to extend the state of emergency for six months following the last week's attack in Nice where 84 people were killed and scores injured when a lorry was driven into crowds.

    The state of emergency was brought in after terror attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

    Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France must expect more deadly attacks despite precautions taken by his government.

    Speaking at the debate in the National Assembly, he said France would have to learn to live with the threat. "Even if these words are hard to say, it's my duty to do so," he said.

    The extension agreed in the early hours of Wednesday would take the state of emergency until the end of January 2017. It is the fourth extension France's parliament has proposed and the move must be approved by the Senate.

    The emergency measures give the police extra powers to carry out searches and to place people under house arrest.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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