FRANCE

Govt to propose extension of state of emergency till end of Euro 2016

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the state of emergency will be extended by two months.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the state of emergency will be extended by two months. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday that the state of emergency in France, which has been in place since the November 13 attacks in Paris, will be extended to cover the period of the Euro 2016 football tournament which runs from June 10 to July 10 and the three week-long Tour de France cycling race which starts on July 2.

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Speaking on France info, Valls said that the government will propose to extend the state of emergency for a period of two additional months from the end of May in view of the threat during the football and cycling events.

“The state of emergency can’t be a permanent condition but during major events such as Euro 2016 as well as the Tour de France, we considered with the President of the Republic and the Interior Minister the need to extend this emergency condition,” he said.

Valls said that Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will make a proposal to the cabinet on Wednesday and a text would be sent to parliament, which would vote on the issue.

The measure, which gives the state increased security powers, was already extended by three months in February until May 26.

Cazeneuve said on Friday that since the state of emergency was imposed in November, more than 3,500 searches had been carried out resulting in 400 arrests.

- with AFP

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