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France extends emergency powers after Manchester attack

An employee ties a black ribbon on a French flag at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 24, 2017 to mourn the victims of the Manchester attack. REUTERS/Stephane De Sakutin/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - Emergency powers introduced in 2015 to counter the threat of terrorist attacks will be extended until Nov. 1, President Emmanuel Macron said after a security meeting on Wednesday.

The decision to extend them, announced in a statement from Macron’s office, follows the attack at a music venue in Manchester, northern England, on Monday night in which 22 people were killed.

Emergency rules giving French police wider search and arrest powers were introduced after Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015 and had been due to expire in mid-July this year.

Reporting By Brian Love; Editing by Richard Balmforth