The 'dangerous ideas' of extending France's state of emergency powers


In an editorial, The New York Times argues strongly against moves by Paris to adopt powers that 'threaten the civil rights of an entire nation'.

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After the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th, President François Hollande took swift action, calling them an “act of war” and declaring a 12-day national state of emergency. Days later, he asked Parliament to approve a three-month extension and a new security bill. With emotions running high, the General Assembly and Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor.