The French government has approved a bill to extend the state of emergency in the country for seven months - until July 15, 2017. This was announced by Prime Minister of France Bernard Cazeneuve, reports RFI.
As you know, in April-May 2017 Presidential elections are expected in this European country, and in June - the parliamentary elections will take place. As Cazeneuve said, the election campaign would be accompanied by a large number of public meetings, which potentially poses a risk of terrorist attacks.
In addition, postponing the date of the end of the state of emergency for July, the current French government, the prime minister said, provides new authorities time to assess the situation after the elections.
It is reported that on Thursday, December 15, the members of the lower and upper chambers of the French Parliament must approve the proposal of the Council of Ministers.
Let us remind the state of emergency was introduced in France November 13, 2015, immediately after the series of terrorist attacks in Paris and Saint-Denis, and has been extended four times. The last time the state of emergency was extended after the terrorist attack in Nice on July 14, 2016.