France's State Council refuses lifting state of emergency

PARIS, Jan 27 (KUNA) — France’s Council of State on Wednesday refused to lift a nation-wide state of emergency, in place since a bloody wave of terrorist attacks struck the capital Paris last November.
Due to “lingering terrorist threats,” the government of President Francois Hollande feels inclined to further extend the state of emergency beyond February 26, when it is expected to elapse, the Council said.
The European Council (EC) had expressed “concern” over potential perils that could exist in the event of an extension of the state of emergency.
It is expected that the government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls will attempt, next week, to have Parliament approve a decision to extend the state of emergency for an additional three months.
France, and much of Europe, remain on high alert after militant Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people on November 13 in central Paris. (end) amm.nam