French president wants to extend state of emergency and vows to escalate the ongoing air campaign in Syria.
France’s prime minister warned of an attack using “chemical or biological weapons” as MPs prepared to vote on the extension of the state of emergency in a parliamentary vote after last week’s deadly violence in Paris.
“We must not rule anything out, there is also the risk from chemical or biological weapons,” Manuel Valls said on Thursday, though he did not cite any specific intelligence on such a threat.
In a speech to parliament, French President Francois Hollande asked representatives to extend the country’s state of emergency for three more months.
Emergency powers allow police arrests without warrants and the ability to close public venues.
The prime minister can order people deemed “threats to national security” held under house arrest, and the seizure of passports or national identification cards.
“This bill will also encourage the closing of mosques if they become too radical,” Valls said. “This bill is the answer for the right of a free country facing chaos.”
Meanwhile, the prosecutor announced the key suspect in the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a raid on a French apartment block on Wednesday.
Another alleged attacker, Salah Abdeslam, is still on the run.
Climate change protests
France’s government has already banned planned marches during international climate talks in Paris from November 29 to December 12 because of security concerns.
Environmental activists have criticised the decision. The marches were expected to attract more than 200,000 people to put pressure on governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
“The government can prohibit these demonstrations but it cannot stop the mobilisation and it won’t prevent us strengthening the climate movement. Our voices will not be silenced,” French campaigner Nicolas Haeringer with the 350.org group said in a statement.
About 118 world leaders are expected to attend the UN COP21 summit, which is meant to nail down a binding global deal to limit rising carbon emissions.