France’s 2-year state of emergency is over at last- sort of

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, and Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, center, meet police forces during a visit at the Eiffel Tower Tower marking the end of a two-year state of emergency imposed in France, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 in Paris. France’s prime minister says the deadly truck attack on a New York bike path is a reminder that the threat is high everywhere, and that authorities must remain “as humble as we are determined” to fight extremism. (Christian Hartman, Pool via AP) Top News

For the first time in nearly two years, France is no longer in a state of emergency. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe sought Wednesday to assure tourists and the French that they will still enjoy “a good level of security” thanks to a new counterterrorism law that enshrines some of the state of emergency’s measures into law. Critics say the law infringes on freedoms.

Philippe visited the Eiffel Tower Wednesday to mark the end of the state of emergency imposed after Islamic State attackers killed 130 people in cafes, the national stadium and the Bataclan theater on Nov. 13, 2015.

He said Tuesday’s deadly truck attack in New York is a reminder that the threat level “is high everywhere in the world” and promised tougher security measures at sensitive sites.

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