PM Manuel Valls says France will keep state of emergency until IS defeated



    PM Manuel Valls says France will keep state of emergency until IS defeated

    Jan 22, Paris: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said that his country will seek to keep its state of emergency until a "total and global war" against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over.

    In an interview with BBC Valls said that the measures were introduced after the IS-led Paris attacks on 13 November and then extended for three months. Such a move gives police more power to conduct raids and impose house arrests.

    He also warned that Europe's migration crisis was now putting the European Union itself at grave risk.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to hold talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Berlin.

    EU countries hope Turkey will help to control the flow of migrants reaching the EU from Syria and other conflict zones, media reports said.

    Valls said speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, France was "at war", which meant "using all means in our democracy under the rule of law to protect French people".

    He said, "As long as the threat is there, we must use all the means," he said, adding that it should stay in place "until we can get rid of Daesh", using an acronym for IS.

    He also said that, "In Africa, in the Middle East, in Asia we must eradicate, eliminate Daesh. It is a total and global war that we are facing with terrorism. The war we are conducting must also be total, global and ruthless."

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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