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Published on : Friday, June 10, 2016
Security has been beefed up in France as the firsts Group A match between France and Romania will take off. France is under state emergency after the last November attacks in Paris where 130 people were killed.
France is expecting seven million fans in the 10 host cities where the competitions will take place. More than 90,000 police and soldiers and private guards have been deployed at the tournament. UK and USA have both warned their citizens from travelling to France. However the French authority is confident that security is tightened in the best possible way. They insist that they will do everything for the safekeeping of the 2.5 million spectators in the 51 matches.
Security will be extremely tightened in Paris with 13,000 security forces patrolling the two zones and two stadiums .The police have been given extra power by the country’s state of emergency allowing them to search and put people under house arrest at their will.
Richard Walton, the Metropolitan Police’s former head of counter-terrorism, said the threat to Euro 2016 is “more acute than for any other international sporting event in history”.
The situation is sensitive and fan zones like transport hubs and stadiums are the possible targets for attack. There are more than 500,000 British fans among the seven million supporters expected in France.
The junior sports minister of France Thierry Braillard has assured screens will be installed in fan zones and bar and restaurant owners have been told not to host large outdoor TV broadcast. Unorganised gatherings will be difficult for the security forces to manage. The nine host cities organising the matches are working on tightened security, Paris, Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse are on high security alert.