Upper house of French Parliament debates extending state of emergency

Published November 19th, 2015 - 01:30 GMT

According to AFP, French lawmakers are currently debating the extension of the state of emergency imposed last week in the face of continued plots for coordinated attacks in Paris.

Last week, a set of seven terror attacks left over 120 people dead. Daesh (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks and has vowed that more would be carried out due to France's continued involvement in the airstrikes in Syria.

On Wednesday, French authorities conducted a raid in search of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind of the Paris bombing, which left two dead and eight arrested. French authorities are confirming that Abaaoud was killed during the raid. Belgian police have contributed to the efforts and arrested 3 suspects in connection with the attacks in Paris last week as well. 

While addressing French lawmakers this Thursday, French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said that there is a "risk" of chemical and biological warfare with Daesh.

The proposed bill was passed in the lower house on Thursday, and will be voted in the upper house on Friday. If ratified, the bill will extend the state of emergency until Februaury and allow suspects to be placed under house arrest.

In response to the bombings, France has conducted more airstrikes in Syria. French President Francois Hollande has vowed to "destroy" the militant group in response to the attacks. 

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