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French parliament approves extension of state of emergency

AP , Thursday 19 May 2016
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gestures as he speaks during a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly in Paris on May 17, 2016 (Photo: AFP)
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France's lower house of parliament has definitively approved a two-month extension of the state of emergency that was declared after the deadly Nov. 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, took place on Thursday. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve justified the measure by the "unprecedented context of terrorist risk."

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