France to extend state of emergency for three months

French President Hollande decides to ask parliament to extend state of emergency for three months

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French President Francois Hollande reacts as he delivers a speech at a special congress of the joint upper and lower houses of parliament at the Palace of Versailles, near Paris.

Updated Nov 17, 2015

French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that he would make a proposal to parliament to extend the state of emergency for three months following the attacks in Paris that claimed 129 lives on Friday.  

Speaking at a joint session of both houses of parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly, Hollande said "I decided to ask parliament starting Wednesday to examine a bill prolonging the state of emergency for three months," requesting from lawmakers to "adopt it by the end of the week."

He also announced his plan to hire 5,000 police and gendarmes in two years along with more judicial and customs posts to fend off terror threat inside the country.

Hollande called EU to adopt new measures, including “coordinated and systematic border controls” to clamp down on arms trafficking and also agree on a deal which allows air passenger checks to hunt terrorists who try to leak inside the country.

“If Europe doesn’t control its external borders then, and we can see it today before our eyes, the return of national borders when it isn’t walls and barbed wire. That would be the deconstruction of the European Union,” Hollande said.

Beside taking domestic measures, Hollande also gave details of how France will battle with DAESH in upcoming days.

He also pledged to an intense battle against terrorism during his speech saying that military campaign against DAESH will be stepped up in Iraq and Syria.

Additionally, Hollande said that France Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier would join the operation in Syria on Thursday.

"This is going to triple our military power [as part of the operation against DAESH]. I am not talking about deterring ISIS but about eliminating it totally.”

"Bashar al Assad cannot be part of the solution in Syria. But ISIS is our main enemy in Syria today," Hollande said.

As a part of his war on terror, Hollande said he would meet with his Russian and American counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama to discuss action against the terrorist group.  

“France is at war,” Hollande stressed to draw attention the urgency of the problem.

"But we're not engaged in a war of civilizations, because these assassins do not represent any," he continued his words.  

During his speech Holland also underlined the necessity of constitutional amendment which would “allow the authorities to act... against war-level terrorism."

Hollanda announced that he would request from the United Nations Security Council to pass a new resolution to “destroy DAESH ” which has been manufactured in “the biggest terrorist factory the world has ever seen.”

TRTWorld and agencies