Monday 23 September 2019

French National Assembly approves extension of state of emergency for further three months

French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande

The French National Assembly voted on Thursday to extend the state of emergency for three months following the massacre in Paris by militant Islamists in which 129 people died last Friday.

The government initially imposed the state of emergency on Saturday, giving police extended powers to search and detain suspects.

The French Senate is expected to debate and approve the extension on Friday, after which it can go into effect.

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