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

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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.