France extends state of emergency to overseas territories after Paris attacks

Nov 19, 2015 | Caribbean, International, NEWS | 0 comments

France’s Minister of Overseas Territories George Pau-Langevin says the state of emergency declared by President François Hollande following the terrorist attacks in Paris has been extended to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, St. Martin and St. Barthélemy. Hollande declared the state of emergency last weekend after the ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for last Friday’s attacks that killed 129 people and injured 350 others. A statement by the Ministry of Overseas Territories says the decision to include the French Caribbean is necessary to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency, which has since been extended by three months. Under the state of emergency, law enforcement have the power to randomly stop a person’s travel, and install zones of protection and security; to detain people deemed suspicious; to ban meetings or demonstrations; and to order searches in houses day or night.
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