State of emergency in France: what are the consequences?

The President of the Republic has declared a state of emergency by means of two decisions taken at the Council of Ministers during the night of Friday 13th to Saturday 14th November 2015. A state of emergency is in force throughout France.
Updated at 23/11/15 at 12:00 a.m.
The French President has declared a state of emergency throughout France.  It has been extended for 3 months.

The Minister of the Interior can:
  • Place anyone whose actions prove dangerous for security and public order under house arrest. Electronic tags may be used to track certain individuals under house arrest who have been sentenced for committing acts of terrorism in the past and have now served their sentences. The person concerned would have to provide their written consent.
  • Take 'any measure' deemed necessary to block websites condoning terrorism or inciting acts of terrorism.
  • Any de facto associations or groups found to be involved in, facilitating or inciting the commission of acts posing a serious threat to public order will now be disbanded by decree in the Council of Ministers.
In all French departments, prefects can:
  • Restrict liberty to come and go by imposing special defence and security zones, and prohibiting movement in certain places (curfew). 
  • Prohibit any person suspected of creating a disturbance of public order from residing in certain parts of French territory. 
  • Detain persons and private resources. 
  • Prohibit certain public meetings and provisionally close certain meeting places. 
  • Authorise administrative searches in the presence of a criminal investigation police officer. 
No administrative search will target the premises used for the exercise of a parliamentary mandate or the professional activity of lawyers, magistrates and journalists.

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