French Government Seeks Three-Month Extension of Emergency Rules

France’s cabinet on Wednesday said it will ask parliament to extend for another three months emergency rule measures that were due to expire on Feb. 26.

Emergency rule, which allows security forces to order searches and detain suspects without a judge’s authorization, was imposed after the Nov. 13 attacks in and around Paris that left 130 people dead.

“The gravity of the attacks, their simultaneous character, and the permanence of an unparalleled threat justify the extension,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting.

The cabinet meeting also endorsed changes to the constitution that the government will also ask parliament to approve. They include measures to give security forces more powers when searching the homes of suspects and allowing judges to strip dual-nationals of their French citizenship if convicted of serious terrorism.

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