Protesters take part in a demonstration against the state of emergency, on January 23 2016, in Rennes, north-western France. AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER
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When a state of emergency was imposed in France after the November attacks, numb and terror-weary citizens welcomed the show of force.It has led to over 2,500 police raids and hundreds of arrests under emergency policing powers that the French government wants written into the constitution.The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks warned earlier this month that the state of emergency could constitute a "threat" to democracy.The lives of the majority of French people have not been affected by the state of emergency, and a recent poll showed 70 percent of people wanted it kept in place.The Conseil d'Etat will Tuesday examine a request from the LDH to end the state of emergency currently in place.
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