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French state of emergency to be lifted July 26, Hollande confirms

© Stéphane De Sakutin POOL, AFP | French President François Hollande (pictured left) and Chief of the Defence Staff French army General Pierre de Villiers arrive for the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on July 14, 2016

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Latest update : 2016-07-14

The state of emergency which France declared after last November's deadly Paris attacks will come to an end later this month, President Francois Hollande confirmed Thursday.

Speaking on the national July 14 holiday, Hollande said the decree after the November 13 attacks will not be renewed beyond July 26, because a law bolstering security in France was adopted in May.

"We had to prolong the state of emergency until we could be sure that the law gives us the means to counter the terrorist threat effectively," he said in a traditional Bastille Day television interview.

The new law "will give us the tools which, while not comparable with the state of emergency, give us the means to keep tabs on certain individuals administratively," he added.

"We can't prolong the state of emergency forever. That would make no sense, it would mean that we were no longer a republic with laws which can apply in all circumstances," he said, while acknowledging that the threat "remains there."

Hollande declared the state of emergency on the evening of the November 13 attacks, which killed 130 people. It was prolonged three times by parliament, notably to include the Euro-2016 football tournament and the Tour de France cycle race.

(AFP)

Date created : 2016-07-14

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