France extends state of emergency for the sake of “defense of democracy”, said Prime Minister Manuel Valls in an interview with the BBC.
Valls said that France must defend democracy ahead of presidential elections next year.
The Prime Minister gave an interview on the anniversary of the Paris attacks, which claimed the lives of 130 people.
Original state of emergency was introduced for six months, was extended to January 2017. Authorities announced that to extend the regime will be as many times as necessary for the safety of the country.
13 November 2015, terrorists carried out a series of coordinated attacks on targets in the French capital. Three bombs were detonated near the Stade de France, which hosted a friendly football match between France and Germany, which was attended by French President Francois Hollande. Another group shot of the visitors of the restaurants on open porches in several districts of Paris. The bloodiest episode was the shooting of the concert in Bataclan. The concert hall was reopened with a performance by sting on the eve of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Responsibility for attack was assumed banned in Russia as extremist grouping “Islamic state”.