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Hollande wants state of emergency until presidential vote

Associated Press Associated Press 15/11/2016
France's President Francois Hollande speaks during the opening session of the high level segment of the U.N. climate climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Hollande on Tuesday urged the United States to respect the "irreversible" Paris Agreement on climate change, and said France will lead a dialogue on the topic with President-elect Donald Trump "on behalf of the 100 countries that have ratified" the deal. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy) © The Associated Press France's President Francois Hollande speaks during the opening session of the high level segment of the U.N. climate climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Hollande on Tuesday urged the United States to respect the "irreversible" Paris Agreement on climate change, and said France will lead a dialogue on the topic with President-elect Donald Trump "on behalf of the 100 countries that have ratified" the deal. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande says he wants the country's state of emergency prolonged until its presidential election next spring.

Hollande said in an interview Tuesday with three French media outlets that France is "at war" in three places. Those are in Iraq and Syria as part of the coalition carrying out airstrikes, in Mali where French soldiers are still trying to rout Islamist extremists, and Hollande says "we are confronting people, very regularly, who want to attack us here, on our soil."

He says "I want to prolong the state of emergency until the presidential election" in April and May, noting that parliament must approve the measure.

France has been under a state of emergency since the Nov. 13, 2015, Paris attacks, claimed by Islamic State group, that killed 130.

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