French court upholds use of sweeping new house arrest powers

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Council of state ruled appropriate the arbitrary house-arrest of seven environmentalists during Paris climate summit, as allowed by state of emergency.

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France’s top administrative court Friday upheld the government’s authority to place individuals without any alleged link to terrorism under house arrest without judicial approval, adding legal backing to sweeping emergency powers that officials pushed through parliament last month in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks, reports The Wall Street Journal.