State of emergency extended in France

The French National Assembly voted Tuesday to extend by three months a state of emergency that has existed in the country since the November 13 attacks in Paris.

The National Assembly voted 212 to 31 to extend the state of emergency as put forth by President Francois Hollande. The legislation, which has already passed the Senate, gives the government comprehensive special powers in the fight against terrorism.

A state of emergency has been in effect since the attacks on November 13 in which three groups of terrorists killed 130 people in night clubs, restaurants and at a football stadium in Paris.

Parliament had already extended the first state of emergency by three months to February 26. The government considers the extension necessary to continue the fight against terrorism in France.

Civil rights organizations however question the benefit of the extending special security arrangements that allow searches without court orders. According to government figures, almost 3,400 such interventions have resulted in six terrorism cases.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the French legislature it was too early to reach conclusions about all measures within the framework of the state of emergency. Cazeneuve said the government believes the state of emergency is still necessary and the threat of another attack is higher than ever before.

Last update: Wed, 17/02/2016 - 01:04

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