Bastille Day Attack: France to Extend State of Emergency

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It had been declared after the November attacks in Paris and extended several times, but was supposed to expire on July 26.

French president Francois Hollande said Friday that his government would request another three-month extension of the state of emergency following the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that killed at least 84.

Just hours after announcing in the president's traditional Bastille Day interview that the state of emergency was to be removed, Hollande said it must be extended for three months. The decision will need parliamentary approval.

The state of emergency was declared after the November attacks in Paris and extended several times, but was supposed to expire on July 26.

Hollande said that "the terrorist character" of the truck attack in Nice cannot be denied. The truck drove through the crowds who had just watched a fireworks display on the seafront in the city.

Hollande also said that other unspecified measures would be put in place to counter the threat. The government also called for three days of mourning in wake of the attack.

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