Terrorism:French PM wants more power for police

'To make emergency measures permanent'

05 January, 19:35

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls French Prime Minister Manuel Valls

     - PARIS - More power to prosecutors and police and less to investigating judges is the French prime minister Manual Valls' plan, according to a Le Monde report Tuesday on a draft law the government is drawing up. Le Monde reports that in the text sent by the government to the Council of State (constitutional court), the government intends ''permanently strengthen measures and procedures made available to administrative and judicial authorities, beyond the temporary legal framework that came in as part of the state of emergency''. The draft law aims to ''strengthen the fight against organized crime and its funding, the effectiveness and the guarantees of the criminal procedure'', and is not expected to be ready prior to February. Night searches, for example, can be ordered - according to the new law - even by prefects and not only by investigating judges and can be carried out on private homes as a preventative measure.

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