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France braced for unprecedented security measures at 2016 Euro Cup — minister

June 06, 12:46 UTC+3 PARIS
Since the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in the country, the French authorities have hosted a lot of large sporting events without any incidents amid the existing emergency regime
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PARIS, June 6. /TASS/. France will ensure a security regime at the 2016 UEFA European Championship unprecedented for sporting events in the country, French Sports Minister Patrick Kanner said on Monday.

"The sporting event has never before been so much protected. A hundred percent precaution measures have been taken but a zero risk, naturally, doesn’t exist," the sports minister said in a live broadcast of RTL radio station.

Since the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in the country, the French authorities have hosted a lot of large sporting events without any incidents amid the existing emergency regime, he said.

"We held the Paris marathon on April 4 without any incidents and the Roland-Garros [tennis] competition had been staged now for two weeks without any incidents, despite the rain. All the football and rugby matches were also held successfully after November 13," the minister said.

The sports minister also commented on some media reports that persons posing a potential security threat to France might be among private security firms’ personnel who would be involved in security measures at the 2016 Euro Cup.

As the French sports minister said, these reports had nothing to do with reality.

"All these persons are being thoroughly checked. I can say that none of those who have been employed for work at the championship will avoid a check we have organized jointly with the Interior and Justice Ministries," the French sports minister said.

Overall, 77,000 police officers, civil defense personnel and 13,000 private security agents will provide security at the 2016 UEFA European Championship, the French sports minister said.

"Naturally, a terrorist threat exists on the territory of the entire country. However, no direct threat to the 2016 Euro Cup has been revealed," Kanner said.

The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

France imposed an emergency regime countrywide after radical Islamists carried out a series of terror attacks on November 13, 2015, killing 130 and wounding over 400 people. The Stade de France stadium in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis was the terrorists’ first target.

Stade de France will host the 2016 Euro Cup opening and final matches.

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