French state of emergency after Paris attacks facing court challenges

December 18, 2015 10:27

PARIS - After hundreds of police raids on homes, mosques, restaurants and hotels in the less than five weeks since the November 13 assaults in Paris, some Muslims in France are taking the government to court for committing what they call illegal acts in the name of preventing another jihadist attack.

At least 20 complaints have been filed since a state of emergency was declared after the Islamic State attacks that killed 130 people, according to the six independent lawyers involved.

The emergency measures give authorities extra powers to assign house arrests and conduct raids without a judicial warrant. Though they are set to expire on February 26, the government has said they may be extended.

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