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France's State of Fear and Swing to the Right

MIN READJan 15, 2016 | 09:15 GMT

The head of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, delivers a speech in Nanterre on Jan. 7.

(LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Two months after the Paris terrorist attacks, French President Francois Hollande is seeking to expand the emergency powers he invoked in November 2015. France's state of emergency gave the government the authority to search houses without a warrant and restrict the right to peaceful assembly, all without judicial oversight. Hollande is now looking to change the French Constitution to extend the scope of these emergency powers, but his proposed changes also contain a more controversial alteration....

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