France Extends State of Emergency until May

France’s Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a three-month extension of the state of emergency imposed after deadly attacks in and around Paris on November 13 despite opposition from rights groups that say it undermines civic freedoms, France 24 reports.

The National Assembly or lower house of Parliament approved the extension by a vote of 212-3. French Senate also approved the decision and it will last until May 26.

On the occasion Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted at the National Assembly that the threat of new terrorist violence remains very high after the Islamic extremist attacks that killed 130 people.

The state of emergency expands police powers to carry out arrests and searches and allows authorities to restrict the movements of people and vehicles at specific times and places.