Over 2,000 searches made without warrant in France

PARIS, Dec. 02 (MNA) – Police forces have performed over 2,000 searches without warrant in France under the state of emergency decreed in the wake of the attacks of November 13.

They also made some 210 detentions and seized 320 guns, including some thirty of war, said Prime Minister Mauel Valls in an interview with media organizations.

He said over 250 legal processes have been opened which, in his opinion, proves that the searches were not coincidence, but pointed to objective, founded suspicions.

The Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said recently that the Government is ready to extend again, if needed, the three-month long state of emergency approved by Parliament on November 20.

The French nation will fail to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights due to this situation.

The authorities informed the General Secretary of the European Council, Thorbjorn Jagland, of a series of measures adopted as part of the state of emergency, according to a communiqué released here.

Such regulations are susceptible to require a derogation of certain rights guaranteed by the Convention, said the text.

Under such conditions, the Police can place under house arrest any person whose conduct is considered to constitute a threat, which allows including people whose behavior, companies, words or projects arise suspicions.

The regulations include that people under house arrest cannot have direct or indirect contact with other suspects of preparing acts against public order and searches can be carried out at any time day or night without a warrant.

The issue of the state of emergency generates conflicting opinions as the population is torn between the need to feel safe and the possibility that, under the alleged objective to guarantee security, their individual liberties fail to be respected.

 

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