State of Emergency Ends, But Effects Linger

President E. Macron

After nearly two years, France has officially ended its state of emergency, but only after passing a law that means some of its effects will remain.

France's president, Emmanuel Macron, announced on October 31 that the state of emergency would formally end the following day.

The state of emergency began on November 13, 2015, after a series of terrorist attacks that wracked Paris and its Saint-Denis suburb. A combination of shootings and suicide bombings at a football match, rock concert, restaurants and cafes left 130 people dead; it was the largest attack on French soil since World War II and the deadliest in the European Union since 2004.

Though never as large or as deadly, various attacks have continued in the ensuing years, and the state of emergency was thus extended a total of six times before finally ending last week.

Furthermore, it was only eliminated after the parliament passed a sweeping anti-terrorism law last month that allows some of the emergency measures to remain in place, albeit under different (and often less severe) circumstances. The bill passed by a wide margin.

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