President François Hollande has proposed extending France’s year-old state of emergency to May, to cover the next presidential election.
Speaking on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Morocco, Hollande said he wanted to prolong the emergency measures in place since the November 2015 Paris attacks, which had been due to expire in January. France’s two-round presidential election takes place on 23 April and 7 May.
“I want to extend the state of emergency until the presidential election,” he said in an interview with France 24.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister, Manuel Valls, said his government was going to ask parliament for a new extension beyond January. The state of emergency was introduced on the night of the 13 November 2015 Paris attacks and extended for six months in late July.
France first imposed a state of emergency on the night of the Paris attacks on 13th November 2015. President François Hollande led the remembrance services in Paris, with Mayor Anne Hidalgo, by unveiling a series of commemorative plaques at the sites targeted in the attacks.