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French Government Seeks to Extend State of Emergency

HeadlineDec 12, 2016

France’s Socialist government will ask Parliament to extend a state of emergency granting officials sweeping powers of search, seizure and detention. If approved, it would be the fifth such renewal of emergency rule since terrorist attacks in November of 2015 that killed 130 people. The French prime minister said the extension was needed at least through presidential and general elections next spring.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve: “Each of us should bear in mind the reality of the context that we’re living in: a particularly high level of terrorist threat.”

France’s emergency rule curtails freedom of assembly and includes measures that permit police raids without a warrant. Human Rights Watch has said the emergency powers undermine human rights and the rule of law.

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