France extends state of emergency for Euro
Paris: France's parliament voted yesterday to extend a state of emergency in place since November's jihadist attacks to the end of July to cover the Euro 2016 and Tour de France.
The emergency was imposed following the November 13 attacks that left 130 people dead in the French capital. It allows police to hold people under house arrest whose behaviour is considered "a threat to security and public order".
But under the latest extension, police will no longer have the power to raid homes without a court order, as they have since November.
Such raids "no longer present the same operational interest, since most of the identified locations have already been subject to investigation," said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.