World Bulletin / News Desk
2016 in France passed in the shadow of terrorist attacks and amid a state of emergency declared after the November 2015 Paris attacks which killed 130 people.
In December, France's lower house of parliament voted to extend the nation’s state of emergency until 15 July 2017, a fifth extension.
Despite security concerns, France hosted the UEFA European Championship but the tournament was overshadowed by events off the football field. Portugal won the Euro 2016 which was dominated by fan fights rather than football.
The country was shaken again by the Magnanville, Nice and Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray terror attacks.
On July 13, a police officer and his wife, who were going home after work, were stabbed to death in front of their house in Magnanville, west of Paris.
A day later, at least 84 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when a 19-ton van ran into crowds late on Thursday during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice.
On July 26, two knife-wielding attackers were killed by police after taking a priest and other church-goers hostage in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen. The murdered priest was identified by the archbishop of Rouen as Jacques Hamel, 84.Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Aralık 2016, 00:43