(Paris attack) Fillon promises to continue emergencyWorld | 21 Apr 2017 7:15 pm
French conservative candidate Francois Fillon has pledged to keep the country under a state of emergency following the shooting of police officers Thursday in Paris.
In a statement at his campaign headquarters, Fillon said "the fight for the French people's freedom and security will be mine. This must be the priority'' of the next president.
Fillon promised to boost police and military forces.
He also said that, if elected, he would launch a "diplomatic initiative'' aiming to create an international collaboration against Islamic extremists that would include all major actors, including the United States, the European Union, Russia, Iran, Turkey and the Gulf countries.
France has been under a state of emergency since the 2015 attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris.-AP