French Emergency Law Likely to Be Extended, Prime Minister Says

  • Valls says in BBC interview that extension linked to election
  • Emergency law passed after last year’s terror attacks

French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Photographer: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

France’s emergency law is likely to be extended beyond January because of risks linked to next year’s presidential elections, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an interview with the BBC.

The measures, which give police greater powers to carry out searches and detain suspects, were enacted after the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks by Islamic State militants that left 130 dead in and around Paris. They were extended for six months in July.

“Every week, we make arrests, we dismantle networks,” Valls said in the interview. “It will take time but we will win this war.”

President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo are holding ceremonies and around Paris on Sunday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the attacks.

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