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French solons back emergency rule

PARIS (AFP) – France’s National Assembly voted in the early hours of Wednesday to extend the country’s state of emergency for six months following last week’s massacre in Nice.

The state of emergency has been in place since the Paris attacks in November, and the extension would see the emergency security measures – which give the police extra powers to carry out searches and place people under house arrest – remain in place until the end of January 2017.

President Francois Hollande had last Thursday announced a plan to lift the emergency measures, but he changed tack hours later after a truck driver ploughed through a crowd leaving a July 14 fireworks display in Nice, killing 84 people in an attack later claimed by the Islamic State group.