The French government is looking to extend the state of emergency for six months or even “indefinitely”, according to new reports.

Government sources told AFP that a draft law of the bill includes plans to change the constitution to carry on with the state of emergency way beyond the three-month limit.

The legal framework will be submitted to ministers on 23 December. The state of emergency, which went into effect after the November 13 attacks on Paris that killed 130 and wounded more than 350, gives security forces extra powers to investigate and combat terrorists. It allows authorities to ban public demonstrations and conduct several arrests across the country.

A total of 276 people have been placed under house arrest since the powers came into effect, and more than 1,000 addresses searched by police.

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