Hollande proposes to extend French state of emergency
President Francois Hollande proposed extending France’s year-old state of emergency to May, to cover the next presidential election. Speaking on the sidelines of UN climate talks in Morocco, Mr Hollande said he wanted to prolong the emergency measures in place since the November 2015 Paris attacks, which had been due to expire in January. France’s tworound presidential election takes place on April 23 and May 7. The state of emergency was introduced on the night of the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks and extended for six months in late July. Mr Hollande’s announcement came days after France marked the first anniversary of the jihadist attacks which left 130 people dead.