French state of emergency 'not forever'

  • 25/01/2016
French President Francois Hollande (Reuters)
French President Francois Hollande (Reuters)

The state of emergency in France needs to be extended given the current security threat but it will not last forever, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says.

French President Franois Hollande said on January 22 that he would ask parliament to extend by three months the state of emergency declared after the November 13 Paris attacks that left 130 people dead, sparking a debate over civil liberties.

Emergency measures that give authorities extra powers to put people under house arrest and conduct raids without a judicial warrant had been due to expire on February 26.

"As long as we think that there is an imminent [terrorist] threat, we need the state of emergency," Cazeneuve told France 5 television.

"I hope the state of emergency will have the shortest duration possible but at the same time that it will be in place long enough to ensure the French people are protected," he said.

France's highest administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, will on Tuesday (local time) examine a request from the Human Rights League to end the state of emergency.