French President Francois Hollande (L) and Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa attend a news conference at the Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
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President Francois Hollande said Tuesday he was willing to extend France's state of emergency for another six months following the Bastille Day massacre, as lawmakers prepared to debate the country's tough security laws.Hollande had only last Thursday announced a planned lifting of the measures imposed after the Paris attacks that killed 130 in November.But he changed tack hours later after a truck driver ploughed through a crowd leaving a July 14 fireworks display in Nice, killing 84 people.Hollande initially proposed a three-month extension but said Tuesday he was "open to a further extension of three months", making a total of six months.Five days after the attack, 70 people remain hospitalised, 19 in critical condition.In a sign of the mounting frustration over a string of extremists bombings, shootings and stabbings that have killed over 230 people in 18 months, Prime Minister Manuel Valls was booed and heckled on Monday at a remembrance ceremony in Nice.
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