The National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, voted on Thursday to extend a state of emergency in the country for three months in the aftermath of the recent deadly terror attacks in Paris.
PARIS (Sputnik) – The issue is still subject to debate and approval in the French Senate, the upper house, on Friday. Only after this procedure, can it go into effect.
A state of emergency was introduced in France by a Cabinet of Ministers decision following the request of President Francois Hollande immediately after the November 13 attacks. In accordance with French law, this regime can remain in place for a maximum of 12 days. Longer emergency periods can only be adopted by the Parliament.
France's state of emergency law was worked out in April 1955 in response to the effects of the Algerian war of Independence and was mainly designed as a war-time measure.
The law gives local governments and police rights to impose curfew, perform warrant-less house searches, a prohibition on mass gatherings and the strengthening of border controls, among other powers.
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