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  • 21.08.2019
French state of emergency to end
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21.08.2019

French state of emergency to end

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France will end its state of emergency, imposed after terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015, in which 130 people were killed.
The state of emergency is set to lapse automatically at the end of its sixth extension, voted by parliament in July.
It is due to be replaced by a swathe of restrictive security measures, signed into law on Monday by President Emmanuel Macron.
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"A promise kept: we are ending the state of emergency on November 1 while reinforcing the security of our fellow citizens," Macron wrote on Twitter.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said after Macron signed the law that "the terrorist threat remains great."
More than 230 people have been killed in attacks in France, many of them claimed by the Islamic State extremist group, since January 2015.
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The right-wing opposition has criticised Macron for ending the state of emergency when there is a continuing threat, however the new law allows authorities to restrict the movements of persons suspected of terrorist links and to search properties.
It also empowers them to close places of worship where extremist ideas are propagated. Those powers will expire automatically at the end of 2020.
But for critics, the new law that replaces the state of emergency is itself a threat to rights.
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