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PARIS, March 29. /TASS/. The prefecture of Saint-Denis is fully ready in terms of security measures ahead of the friendly football match between the home French team and guests Russia, who are playing tonight at the Stade de France stadium, a spokesman for the prefecture told TASS on Tuesday.
Russia and France are meeting on Tuesday night in a friendly fixture, viewed as part of national teams’ preparations for the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup. The match will be held at the 80,000-seat Stade de France stadium in French Saint-Denis and kicks off at 9:00 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT).
"Everything is ready for the match," the spokesman said in an interview with TASS. "All the necessary security measures had been implemented."
A total of 400 additional policemen were deployed to conduct initial checks on the way to the stadium. Following the initial security check, spectators are allowed to enter the stadium’s territory, where they are subjected to another security inspection, conducted by staff of private security agencies specializing in work at sports events. In all, a total of 1,300 staff members involved in the security provision for the match.
Security was also enhanced at public transportation and underground routes leading to the stadium. French K9 police units were dispatched patrolling car parking lots and metro stations.
French Television Channel BFM-TV cited deputy head of the Paris headquarters for public order and road traffic Laurent Simonin as saying on Monday that snipers would strengthen security during a friendly match between Russia and France.
"The snipers will be placed around the stadium," Simonin said. "Also, a bloc of an elite unit of the French national police will be on guard during the match."
Although the match starts much later in the evening enhanced police units had been patrolling the stadium’s territory since early morning. This will be the first football match to be played at the Stade de France after the tragic events there last November.
On November 13 last year, a terrorist group representing radical Islamists staged bloody series of terrorist attacks in Paris and the suburb of Saint-Denis, killing 130 and wounding several hundred other people. Several blasts went off near Stade de France after three suicide bombers set off explosives during the football match between France and Germany.