France may declare state of emergency amid nationwide protests

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne says the government is considering “all options” to restore order, including declaring a state of emergency, after a third night of unrest across the country, News.Az reports citing Al Jazeera. 

Asked by reporters if a state of emergency was being considered, as some right-wing opposition parties have demanded, she replied: “I won’t tell you now, but we are looking at all options, with one priority: restoring order throughout the country.”

President Macron has so far ruled out declaring a state of emergency, whereby military authorities may take police powers if they judge it necessary to respond to an “imminent peril resulting from a war or an armed rebellion”.


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