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France plans to extend its state of emergency

The host of the Euro 2016 soccer competition, France, is seeking to extend its state of emergency until the end of the tournament.

During a radio interview this week, French prime minister Manuel Valls said: "The state of emergency cannot be permanent, but on the occasion of these big events… we have to prolong it."

The prolongment will also cover the Tour de France cycling race.

The State of Emergency bill dates back to the 1950s, and allows authorities to conduct house raids and searches without a warrant. It also gives officials extra powers to place people under house arrest outside the normal judicial process and allows restrictions on large gatherings.

France has been under a state of emergency since the terrorist attacks of last November, which saw 130 killed and 367 people injured.

Paris' Stade de France stadium, which will host both the opening and final matches, was the site of the first attack on Nov. 13.

The U.K., also on high alert for terrorism attacks, announced this week that over one million workers will receive training on how to deal with terrorist attacks in crowded places, such as city centers and stadiums.


Peter Nicholls - Reuters

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