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Francois Hollande seeks to extend state of emergency in France

French President Francois Hollande has announced plans to ask parliament to approve a three-month renewal of the state of emergency put in place after the Paris attacks.

It will be the second time the measure, introduced after the November 13 atrocities which left 130 people dead, has been prolonged.

The president's office said Mr Hollande cited "the terrorist threat" in asking the government to present a Bill at the February 3 cabinet meeting seeking a three-month extension of the state of emergency. The current state of emergency is due to expire at the end of February.

A state of emergency gives special powers to authorities, making it easier to place people under house arrest and conduct searches. But critics contend the measure impinges on personal freedoms to little effect.

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