Europe

France's Hollande says state of emergency will be lifted

  • French President Francois Hollande gestures  after a televised interview following the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Elysee Palace. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

    French President Francois Hollande gestures after a televised interview following the Bastille Day Parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Elysee Palace. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • French dog brigade soldiers march on the Champs Elysees avenues during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    French dog brigade soldiers march on the Champs Elysees avenues during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Foreign Legion soldiers parade on the Champs Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day paradeThursday, July 14, 2016 in Paris.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Foreign Legion soldiers parade on the Champs Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day paradeThursday, July 14, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande says that the state of emergency, in place since attacks in January claimed by the Islamic State group, will be lifted July 26, but he stressed that the threat continues.

Hollande spoke after presiding over the traditional Bastille Day parade Thursday with thousands of members of the military marching in meticulous formation, fighting machines rumbling down the Champs-Elysees and fighter jets overhead.

Hollande said, "We cannot prolong the state of emergency eternally ... Is the threat there? Yes."

He also said France will send military counselors to Iraq to help Iraqi troops retake Mosul, the Islamic State stronghold in the north.

He also urged new British Prime Minister Theresa May quickly to trigger the procedure to take Britain out of the European Union.