Paris attacks: France likely to extend state of emergency until July

The extension needs to be approved by parliament, which will debate the proposal on Tuesday.

By: Reuters | Paris | Published:December 10, 2016 3:05 pm
Newly appointed French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve speaks during the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Newly appointed French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve speaks during the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The French government will propose extending the state of emergency until July 15 2017 due to presidential and parliament elections in spring next year, prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Saturday.

The socialist government imposed the state of emergency, which gives police extended powers to search and arrest, in November 2015 following the attacks on Paris last year. The extension needs to be approved by parliament, which will debate the proposal on Tuesday. The senate will review it on Thursday.

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