French parliament approves extension of state of emergency

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

The measure is aimed at covering the June 10-July 10 European Championship soccer tournament and the July 2-July 24 Tour de France. 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, takes place on Thursday. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve justifies the measure by the “unprecedented context of terrorist risk.”


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