France Says State of Emergency Not Meant to Be Permanent

French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said the state of emergency isn’t meant to be permanent after parliamentarians voted to extend the measure for another six months.

“The attack in Nice called for a response,” Le Foll said in an interview with the France Info radio station on Wednesday. “It’s because there’s a threat, an exceptional threat, that we’re focused on finding ways to fend it off, that we’ve set up certain tools, that we’ve put together more means to fight against terrorism.”

Le Foll added that Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is currently in Washington. “He’s preparing with the U.S. a coordinated attack of the coalition forces against Mosul,” the French government spokesman said.

Three French non-commissioned officers have been killed in Libya, the French defense ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

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