Tuesday 17 October 2017

French minister clears way for local curfews

French customs check vehicles at the border in La Turbie (AP)
French customs check vehicles at the border in La Turbie (AP)

France's interior minister has authorised local authorities to impose curfews if needed after the deadliest attacks in the country since the Second World War.

Bernard Cazeneuve said in a televised address that authorities are also banning all public demonstrations until Thursday.

Mr Cazeneuve laid out increased security measures across the country after t he Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks in Paris that killed at least 127 people, and said France would remain at the "top of the list" of its targets.

After an emergency security meeting, President Francois Hollande put the nation's security at its highest level after the assault on the Bacalan concert hall, the Stade de France and cafes.

Mr Hollande also declared a state of emergency - the first such move in a decade - and ordered 1,500 additional troops to be deployed to guard official buildings and religious sites, while controls have been re-imposed at the country's borders.

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