PARIS, 17th February, 2016 (WAM) — France’s Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a three-month extension of the state of emergency imposed after deadly attacks in and around Paris on November 13th, 2015, according to international news channel, FRANCE 24.
The National Assembly, or Lower House of Parliament, approved the extension on Tuesday night by a vote of 212-31. The measure had already been approved by the Senate and now will remain in effect until May 26th.
Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, argued in Tuesday’s debate at the National Assembly that the threat of new terrorist violence remains very high after the Islamic extremist attacks that killed 130 people.
The state of emergency expands police powers to carry out arrests and searches and allows authorities to restrict the movements of people and vehicles at specific times and places.
The state of emergency had already been extended once and was scheduled to end on February 26th.