Nice Terror Attack Aftermath: French lawmakers vote to extend state of emergency

13:34 Jul. 20, 2016

French lawmakers vote to extend state of emergency

Soldiers patrols on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (AP photo)

Emergency rule, that gives police greater search-and-arrest powers, to stay in force for six months

France's National Assembly has voted to extend the state of emergency for six months following last week's attack in Nice.

84 people were killed and dozens injured when a truck was driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day at Nice's seafront boulevard - the Promenade des Anglais.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although no hard evidence linking the attacker to the militant organization has been found.

The state of emergency was initially brought in after terror attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

The extra security measures give the police greater powers to carry out searches and to place people under house arrest.


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