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French MPs vote to allow govt to block websites, social media

Prime Minister Manuel Valls praised the “wisdom” of lawmakers who agreed the measure

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French lawmakers on Thursday voted to allow the government to block websites and social media accounts promoting or inciting terrorist acts, under a state of emergency.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls praised the “wisdom” of lawmakers who agreed the measure after voting to extend a state of emergency to three months.

Valls on Thursday hailed the death of Abdelhamid Abaaoud at the hands of security forces in a massive police raid in Paris.

“We know that Abaaoud, the mastermind of these attacks -- or one of the masterminds because we must be careful and we know the threats -- is among the dead,” Valls said.

The attacks on Paris killed 129 people on Friday.

(With AFP)