Border checks in place for six more months

Queue of vehicles at the France border

France cites terror threat as it informs European Commission of intention to maintain border controls despite being a member of the passport-free Schengen Zone

France will maintain border checks for a further six months despite being one of 26 countries in the Schengen passport-free zone, citing a continuing threat of terror attacks.

The European Commission was informed of France's intention to renew its stricter border controls for a further six months on Wednesday. Under Schengen rules, any one of the 26 states that are part of the zone can strengthen border controls for security reasons as they deem necessary.

France reinstated border passport checks after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris. Such decisions must be renewed every six months. The next deadline for France was April 30.

The extension of border controls follows the deadly terror attack in Trèbes, near Carcassonne, in March in which a terrorist claiming allegiance to so-called Islamic State killed four people and injured 16 others before being shot dead.

Austria is also to extend its border controls for six months, while Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway have until May 12 to decide whether to renew their tightened security.

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