- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2015

The French government is working to change its constitution to extend the state of emergency in the county for six months or even “indefinitely,” according to new media reports.

A proposed changed to the constitution would not place a time limit on the heightened state of emergency implemented in the wake of the Paris attacks, the Agence France Presse reported, citing a draft text of the new law.

The three-month state of emergency, which went into effect after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that left 130 dead and more than 350 wounded, gives security forces exceptional powers, such as the ability to ban public demonstrations and conduct house arrests.

The legal framework will be submitted to ministers on Dec. 23, according to AFP.

A total of 276 people have been placed under house arrest since the state of emergency went in to effect and more than 1,000 addresses have been searched by police, the International Business Times reported.

Some have accused the French government of abusing their powers, using the threat of terrorism to curb the right to protest, after environmental activists were placed under house arrest before the COP21 international climate talks.

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