France plans to change constitution to extend state of emergency: Govt sources

A police car stands opposite the Arc de Triomphe during the United Nations COP21 summit in Paris.
A police car stands opposite the Arc de Triomphe during the United Nations COP21 summit in Paris.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

PARIS (AFP) - France plans to change the constitution to allow it to extend a state of emergency "to a maximum of six months", government sources said on Thursday (Dec 3).

They said the legal framework to extend special powers beyond the current three-month limit, set out by President Francois Hollande after last month's attacks on Paris, will be presented to ministers on Dec 23.