Fan zones in the ten host cities are feared to be a special target and millions of dollars are being spent on security precautions for the 24-nation football spectacular which runs from June 10th to July 10th. Up to 80,000 fans have been predicted for the Prado beach venue in Marseille, 60,000 at the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux and 10,000 in a park next to Nice’s landmark Promenade des Anglais. All could be a target. France has been on high alert since the November 13th attacks by Islamist militants in Paris which left 130 dead. With seven million people predicted to visit France during Euro 2016, security is a big worry. “Given the terrorist context, these fan zones are a sensitive topic,” Gerard Gavory, the government’s security prefect for the Rhone region, told AFP. The Rhone includes Lyon which will host six games including a semi-final. Matches are also being held in Paris, Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Marseille, Nice, Saint Etienne and Toulouse. Key matches, including the opening game and final, will be at the Stade de France in Saint Denis, just outside Paris, which was one of the targets of the murderous November 13 attacks. Toulouse and Saint Etienne… Read full this story
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