Paris attacks: French PM Manuel Valls to extend state of emergency
November 13, 2016
France's state of emergency imposed after last year's terror attacks in Paris is likely to be extended, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has told the BBC.
He was speaking on the first anniversary of the attacks by Islamist militants, in which 130 people died.
Mr Valls said forthcoming election campaigns would include many public gatherings, and that the measures were needed to "protect our democracy".
France's state of emergency was extended for six months in July.
The move followed another attack in which a lorry driver ploughed through a crowd, killing 84 people in Nice on Bastille Day.
In an interview with the BBC's Hardtalk programme, Mr Valls said there was a risk of "attacks of the kind we saw in Nice".
"It is difficult today to end the state of emergency," he added.
The measures give the police extra powers to carry out searches and to place people under house arrest.
However a official inquiry found that the state of emergency was only having a "limited impact" on improving security.
Mr Valls said the country must remain safe during the presidential and parliamentary election campaigns which are scheduled to take place in France between April and June next year.
French pollsters have warned next year's elections could shake-up the currently fragmented political system.
Socialist president Francois Hollande, who has yet to announce if he is standing, is the most unpopular president in French history. Polls show a leftist candidate has little chance of winning next year.
Pollsters also predict far-right leader Marie Le Pen will emerge as one of the top two candidates in the first of a two round election process.
Ms Le Pen had told BBC's Hardtalk last month that France's current government is weak, saying Mr Valls and Mr Hollande had failed to address the issue of immigration which in her view was directly tied to national security.
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