Hollande's office had said Wednesday that the government would decide within days whether to extend a three-month state of emergency put in place after coordinated jihadist attacks killed 130 in Paris on November 13.

UN human rights experts have criticised the current state of emergency, due to expire on February 26, for imposing what they see as 'excessive and disproportionate' restrictions on key rights.

France is seeking to crank up its response to the threat posed by extremist groups with proposed constitutional reforms including the power to strip French citizenship from people convicted of terrorist offences, if they have another nationality.

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