Parts of French State of Emergency to Become Permanent Under New Bill

HeadlineOct 04, 2017
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In France, Parliament approved a sweeping bill Tuesday that will make many of the government’s emergency powers permanent. Under the new anti-terrorism bill, police have wide latitude to arrest people without judicial oversight and raid homes without a warrant—even at night. The bill also allows police to prevent public gatherings, restrict people’s movements and close mosques—all without the permission of a judge. France has extended a state of emergency six times since terror attacks struck Paris in November of 2015.

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