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French government to seek state of emergency extension

France has been on a heightened state of alert after the Paris terror attacks. Credit: Reuters

The French government is to seek an extension of the state of emergency, imposed after the Paris terror attacks, until next summer.

This is due to presidential and parliament elections in spring next year, prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said.

The state of emergency - which gives police extended powers to search and arrest - was imposed in November 2015, following the attacks on Paris which claimed 130 lives.

The extension needs to be approved by parliament, which will debate the proposal on Tuesday.

The senate will then review it on Thursday.

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