state of emergency

Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws

France — Link

French authorities accused of abusing post-terror attack state of emergency to curtail protests ahead of Monday's climate conference in Paris.

Democracy is not war

France — Opinion

The French parliament this week approved a three-month prolongation of the state of emergency introduced in the country immediately after the November 13th terrorist attacks in and around Paris which have left 130 people dead. The debate over the state of emergency powers is about its effectiveness, writes Mediapart editor in chief Edwy Plenel who argues here that the emphasis on security alone is a short-term response driven by an immediate political agenda which hands the perpetrators a symbolic victory, and which disarms French society as much as it protects it.

France's state of emergency extended to three months

France — Link

French MPs approve prolongation of measure that allows anyone's house to be searched and people to be put under house arrest without trial.

What France’s state of emergency means in practice


French President François Hollande announced a nationwide state of emergency on Saturday, granting the government exceptional powers in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in and around Paris that left at least 132 people dead. The powers initially last for 12 days, and Hollande announced on Monday he will seek parliamentary approval to prolong it for a period of three months. So just what are the special powers announced on Saturday? Michel de Pracontal explains.