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France to deploy security force of 90,000 to police Euro 2016 – minister

France to deploy security force of 90,000 to police Euro 2016 - minister

PARIS (Reuters) – More than 90,000 police, soldiers & private security agents will be deployed across France to ensure safety for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday.

The month-long tournament opens across France on June 10 with a state of emergency still in force after Islamist attacks last November that killed 130 people in Paris at several sites across the capital, including the Stade de France stadium.

About 2.5 million spectators are expected for 51 soccer matches involving 24 teams in games played at 10 stadiums across France. There will moreover be "fan zones" for crowds watching games on giant TV screens in major cities.

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Security high as France returns to Paris stadium after bombs

More than 1,700 security personnel were on patrol Tuesday as France beat Russia on its return to the Stade de France, four months after their last home game was targeted by suicide bombers.

A pre-match minute of silence to remember Europe's latest terrorist attack in Belgium served as a jarring reminder of the security challenges facing France as it prepares to host the European Championship in less than three months.

There was moreover intense security in Portugal, which hosted Belgium for a friendly fixture that was hurriedly moved from Brussels after airport & subway bombings in the city last week killed 35 people. Belgium's players commemorated the victims by wearing special T-shirts before their 2-1 loss.

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Birthday boy Kante scores as France beats Russia 4-2

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France beats Netherlands 3-2, match stops for Cruyff tribute

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Violence tarnishes Euro 2016 hosts France as sanctions promised

Violence tarnishes Euro 2016 hosts France as sanctions promised

Paris (AFP) – French sports minister Patrick Kanner expressed his "shock & fury" on Monday after a weekend of Ligue 1 violence tarnished the image of hosts France just months ahead of Euro 2016.

The clash between Marseille & Lyon in the Velodrome Stadium on Sunday night was restarted after a 20-minute stoppage caused by missile-throwing fans, while there were moreover nasty scenes during Saturday's Ligue 1 match between Bastia & Nice in Corsica as Paris Saint-Germain's fans ran amok in the streets of Reims after a 1-1 draw.

The incidents come months ahead of the kickoff of Euro 2016 which takes place in ten cities across France from June 10 to July 10 & as Paris bids to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

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Marseille president announces measures to combat unruly fans

Marseille president announces measures to combat unruly fans

Marseille (AFP) – Marseille president Vincent Labrune slammed "a minority of individuals who are trying to destabilise the stadium" & said security will be increased following unsavoury incidents that marred Sunday's Ligue 1 clash against Lyon.

The 1-1 draw at the Velodrome was held up for 20 minutes when fans pelted the Lyon players & the pitch during a fiery encounter that forced the referee to suspend the match.

"For several months we have been battling against a minority of individuals who constantly try to destabilise the stadium," Labrune told AFP, adding that these people "have no place at the stadium & they tarnish the image of the club".

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Soccer-France's sports secretary wants security clampdown

Soccer-France's sports secretary wants security clampdown

(Adds OM president comment, makes clear Braillard is Secretary of State)

PARIS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – France's Secretary of State for Sport Thierry Braillard has called for tougher security inside French stadia after crowd trouble marred a Ligue 1 game at Marseille's Stade Velodrome on Sunday.

The Olympique de Marseille v Olympique Lyonnais game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, was interrupted for 23 minutes after fans threw glass bottles onto the pitch.

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Concerns as violence hits French league ahead of Euro 2016

Concerns as violence hits French league ahead of Euro 2016

Paris (AFP) – French sports minister Thierry Braillard on Monday called for tougher controls as violence marred Ligue 1 action in France at the weekend just months ahead of Euro 2016.

The clash between Marseille & Lyon in the Velodrome Stadium on Sunday night was restarted after a 20-minute stoppage caused by missile-throwing fans, while there were moreover incidents during Saturday's Ligue 1 match between Bastia & Nice in Corsica as Paris Saint-Germain's fans caused trouble in the streets of Reims after a 1-1 draw.

Months ahead of the kickoff of Euro 2016 in France on June 10, an emergency meeting has been called by the French Professional Football League (LFP) in their Paris headquarters on Monday to assess the situation.

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Concerns as violence hits French league ahead of Euro 2016

Concerns as violence hits French league ahead of Euro 2016

Paris (AFP) – French sports minister Thierry Braillard on Monday called for tougher controls as violence marred Ligue 1 action in France at the weekend just months ahead of Euro 2016.

The clash between Marseille & Lyon in the Velodrome Stadium on Sunday night was restarted after a 20-minute stoppage caused by missile-throwing fans, while there were moreover incidents during Saturday's Ligue 1 match between Bastia & Nice in Corsica as Paris Saint-Germain's fans caused trouble in the streets of Reims after a 1-1 draw.

Months ahead of the kickoff of Euro 2016 in France on June 10, an emergency meeting has been called by the French Professional Football League (LFP) in their Paris headquarters on Monday to assess the situation.

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France beats Serbia 81-68 to take Eurobasket bronze medal

France beats Serbia 81-68 to take Eurobasket bronze medal

LILLE, France (AP) — France pulled away in the third quarter to beat Serbia 81-68 & win the bronze medal at the European basketball championship on Sunday.

Spain & Lithuania play for the title after Sunday.

France was the defending champion yet lost the semifinal to Spain, champion in 2009 & 2011. Serbia won its first seven games at the tournament yet lost the final two.

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