Security meeting looks at ways to assist UK terror probe
Fight against terrorism – Defence and National Security Council – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 24 May 2017
This morning, for the second time since the five-year term began, the French President convened a meeting of the Defence and National Security Council.
The President stressed the solidarity uniting France and the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism. The Council examined ways of providing all possible assistance to the investigation being carried out by the British authorities. It considered the implications of this new terrorist attack for the protection measures implemented to ensure our citizens’ safety and that of our European partners.
As regards the state of emergency, which expires on 15 July, the President decided that Parliament will consider extending the state of emergency until 1 November. The President asked the government to propose other measures, apart from the state of emergency, to step up security in the face of the terrorist threat so that legislation can be prepared in the coming weeks.
To translate his commitments into action, the President gave instructions for the establishment of the centre for coordinating the services engaged in the fight against terrorism, the organization of which will be decided, under his authority, by the Defence and Security Council between now and 7 June./.