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Very British occasion in Paris for Euro 2016 quarterfinal

PARIS (AP) — In five transformational years, Wales & Northern Ireland have gone from playing in front of 529 fans to preparing for a British derby in the 45,000-capacity Parc des Princes in Paris.

And rather than a meaningless friendly, as the 2011 fixture was, this time Wales & Northern Ireland will be meeting in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

No longer a soccer sideshow, these small British nations will take center stage in the French capital on Saturday. There will even be a British referee, with Premier League official Martin Atkinson taking charge of the game

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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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Euro organizers increase security budget after Paris attacks

PARIS (AP) — Euro 2016 organizers have increased the security budget by 15 percent in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The attacks that left 130 people dead in November have forced organizers to ''strengthen'' safety measures, with the security budget up to 34 million euros ($36.9 million), organizing president Jacques Lambert said on Wednesday at a news conference marking 100 days to the European Championship.

France remains in a state of emergency which was recently extended to May 26, two weeks before the June 10-July 10 tournament.

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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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Soccer-French sports minister calls for tougher security measures

Soccer-French sports minister calls for tougher security measures

PARIS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – French Sports minister Thierry Braillard called on for tougher security measures in French stadia after crowd trouble interrupted 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.

"It's unacceptable & I think we need to stand more firm on the security checks," Braillard told RTL radio on Monday.

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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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Soccer-Marseille v Lyon game interrupted by crowd trouble

Soccer-Marseille v Lyon game interrupted by crowd trouble

PARIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The Ligue 1 game between Olympique de Marseille & Olympique Lyonnais was interrupted on Sunday after fans threw bottles on to the Stade Velodrome pitch.

Referee Ruddy Buquet sent the players to the dressing rooms in the 62nd minute with Lyon leading 1-0 following Alexandre Lacazette's first-half penalty. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Soccer-Marseille v Lyon game resumes after crowd trouble

Soccer-Marseille v Lyon game resumes after crowd trouble

(Updates on resumption)

PARIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The Ligue 1 game between Olympique de Marseille & Olympique Lyonnais resumed following a 23-minute interruption on Sunday after fans threw bottles on to the Stade Velodrome pitch.

Referee Ruddy Buquet sent the players to the dressing rooms in the 62nd minute with Lyon leading 1-0 following Alexandre Lacazette's first-half penalty.

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Golf-Korean Lee edges ahead on packed Evian leaderboard

Golf-Korean Lee edges ahead on packed Evian leaderboard

PARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – South Korean Lee Mi-hyang holed a 10-foot putt at the last hole to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the $3.25 million Evian Championship in Haute Savoie on Saturday.

Lee carded a one-under-par 70 for a 10-under total of 203, one ahead of American Lexi Thompson (66).

Sharing third place on a congested leaderboard on 205 were New Zealander Lydia Ko (67) & American Morgan Pressel (71).

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