Emergency rule in France extended by six months

Emergency rule has been extended by six months Credit: Reuters

Emergency rule has been extended in France for an extra six months following the deadly lorry attack in Nice last Thursday.

Last week's attack, in which 84 people were killed and many others injured, was the third deadly assault in the country for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility in 18 months.

Emergency rule, meaning an extension of extra search-and-arrest powers for police, has been in place since the Paris terror attacks in November 2015.

France's National Assembly passed the measure by 489 votes to 26 against shortly before dawn on Wednesday.