France to extend state of emergency to July to cover Tour de France

The French government is seeking to extend the state of emergency, brought in after the Paris terror attacks, to the end of July

The state of emergency brought in by French authorities after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015 could be extended until the end of July.

The proposed extension would see heightened security around the Tour de France and the Euro 2016 football championship, which runs from June 10 – July 10.

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Under the special emergency measures, police are allowed to conduct house raids and searches without a warrant, hold people under house arrest without judicial oversight and restrict large gatherings.

While the European Championship is the main concern for the authorities, with tens of thousands of fans at each game, the measures would be in force for the duration of Tour de France as well.

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“Faced with an event this big [Euro 2016]…which must take place in conditions of security and which at the same time should be a celebration…we have to ensure security,” prime minister Manuel Valls told France Info radio. “The state of emergency cannot be permanent but for these big events…we have decided to prolong it.”

The Tour de France starts on Mont-Saint-Michel on July 2 and finishes in Paris on July 24.