France May Extend Government Emergency Powers

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In a prime time address to the nation Monday night, French President Jacques Chirac explained why emergency measures were being extended. Reuters hide caption

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French President Jacques Chirac

In a prime time address to the nation Monday night, French President Jacques Chirac explained why emergency measures were being extended.

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France's parliament votes Tuesday to extend by three months special emergency powers, which will allow police to impose curfews and conduct searches without a warrant. President Jacques Chirac's government requested the extension despite the recent fall in youth-rioting.

France is suffering "a crisis of meaning, a crisis of orientation, a crisis of identity," Chirac said in a national address Monday. "And we will respond by being firm, by being fair and by being true to the values of the French republic."

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