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France's president seeks 3 month state of emergency

2 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago Monday, November 16 2015 Nov 16, 2015 November 16, 2015 10:08 AM November 16, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

PARIS - France's president says a bill to extend the country's state of emergency for three months will be presented to parliament on Wednesday.

Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency following Friday night's attacks across the capital and at the Stade de France. Parliament must approve extending it. The state of emergency extends some police powers of search and arrest and limits public gatherings, among other changes

Speaking at a special joint meeting of the upper and lower houses of parliament in the Palace of Versailles, Hollande also said he requested meetings with meet with U.S. and Russian leaders to discuss pooling their efforts to destroy the Islamic State group.

The request includes plans to meet with President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. Hollande didn't specify if he'd meet with Obama or Puting together, or separately.

Hollande said he wanted the talks "to unify our strength and achieve a result that has been too long in coming." Hollande called for "a union of all who can fight this terrorist army in a single coalition."

Hollande said the Paris attacks targeted "youth in all its diversity" and that the victims were of 19 different nationalities. He said the attackers, who killed a total of 129 people Friday, targeted "the France that likes life, culture, sports, parties."

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