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Euro 2016: Security a major issue ahead of month long tournament


05-31-2016 10:56 BJT

Euro 2016 will kick off on June 10th at the Stade de France. The continental competition will run for one month with matches being staged at ten different stadiums across the country. And security is a major issue after the terrorist attacks in November last year that killed 130 and due to the massive influx of spectators from multiple regions. 

The European Championships get underway when France hosts Romania in the opener at the Stade de France which will also serve as the venue for the final. The stadium was opened in 1998 for the World Cup and has since accomodated nearly 30 million spectators for a variety of entertainment. It is the largest football stadium in the country with more than 81,000 seats.

As for security, reports suggest that 73,000 police officers and gendarmes will be deployed while another 10,000 soldiers will be mobilized for the event.

"The context of this Euro tournament in terms of safety is very different than the one in 1998, in which we had to deploy some more complex, complete and heavy security measures." "We intend, with these particularly reinforced security measures for the Euro, to eradicate as much risk as possible  -- especially given the security context - with very serious security ramifications," said Jacques Lambert, president of Euro 2016 Org. Committee.

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