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France's parliament approves state of emergency extension

Published 19/05/2016

Protesters demonstrate against the state of emergency in Paris (AP)
Protesters demonstrate against the state of emergency in Paris (AP)

France's lower house of parliament has approved a two-month extension of the state of emergency that was declared after the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.

The measure is aimed at covering the Euro 2016 soccer tournament between June 10 and July 10 and cycling's Tour de France between July 2-24.

It expands police powers to put people under house arrest and allows authorities to forbid the movement of people and vehicles at specific times and places.

The vote, scheduled for weeks, took place on Thursday. Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve justified the measure by the "unprecedented context of terrorist risk".

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