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    An armed French soldier patrols in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, in this picture taken on December 24, 2015, as a security alert continued following the November shooting attacks in the French capital. Thousands of demonstrators marched in France January 30, 2016 to protest against the government's plans to extend the state of emergency in the country. Picture taken December 24, 2015.

    France Extends State of Emergency for Three Months - Reports

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    The French parliament voted on Tuesday to extend the state of emergency in the country, introduced following the November deadly terror attacks in Paris, for another three months, local media reported.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — According to the French BFMTV news channel, 212 lawmakers of the French parliament's lower chamber, the National Assembly, supported the Interior Ministry's draft law on the measures extension up to May 26.

    Last week, the upper house of the French Parliament, the Senate, voted for the three-month extension.

    On November 13, a series of terrorist attacks across Paris left at least 130 people dead. The Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russia and many other countries, claimed responsibility for the tragedy.

    Following the attacks, a state of emergency was announced in France for three months, and was due to expire on February 26. The government has argued in favor of prolonging the state of emergency as it believes that the threat of terror attacks persists in the country.

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