Vigipirate in Toulouse
21 April 2016

Extension of the state of emergency for a further two months

The state of emergency cannot be permanent. But it must address the need to protect major events such as the Tour de France and the Euro 2016. Legislation will therefore be tabled before the Conseil d’État and thereafter Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further period of two months from the end of May.
Content published under the Government Valls III from 2016 11th February to 2016 06th December
 
The state of emergency, declared on 14 November 2015, has been extended twice by legislation passed in November 2015 and February 2016, and ends on 26 May 2016. It addresses the immediate danger facing France posed by the unprecedented and exceptionally high terrorist threat.
 
Since the last extension of the state of emergency on 26 February, the strategy implemented has been stepped up, together with the number of exceptional measures implemented to uphold the rule of law: 
 
  • 122 new administrative searches have taken place, which is considerably fewer than during the first period (3,427).
 
  • However, the targeting of these measures proved to have been well-founded, since 155 additional weapons were seized during these 122 searches.
 
  • To date, 592 administrative searches have resulted in legal proceedings. 67 convictions have been secured by the courts at the end of these proceedings and 56 individuals have been imprisoned. Finally, 4 searches were cancelled through legal action and 174 compensation claims have been filed.
 
  • 69 individuals are currently under house arrest, whereas 344 such measures were implemented during the first period. Since the start of the state of emergency, 190 interim orders have been served against these house arrest measures. Only 14 of these were suspended, and 3 were cancelled through legal action.
 
  • During the second period, which began on 26 February 2016, the administrative authorities did not implement any blanket bans on assembly or demonstration.
 
The state of emergency cannot be permanent. But it must address the need to protect major events such as the Tour de France and the Euro 2016, which must be made secure whilst continuing to be celebrations, with full stadiums and fan zones.
 
Legislation will therefore be tabled before the Conseil d’État and thereafter before Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further period of two months from the end of May. The extension will apply to both mainland and overseas France.
 
Alongside the extension of the state of emergency, draft legislation is currently being discussed before Parliament. It seeks to scale up the fight against organised crime, terrorism and the financing of terrorism and to improve the effectiveness of criminal procedural safeguards whilst securing a long-term increase in the resources provided to administrative and judicial police forces.


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