• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3
France insists Euro 2016 will have 'maximum security'
‘We cannot permanently raise what is already a very high level,’ Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Photo: Franck Fife / AFP file picture

France insists Euro 2016 will have 'maximum security'

AFP · 22 Mar 2016, 17:08

Published: 22 Mar 2016 17:08 GMT+01:00

Cazeneuve was speaking during a scheduled Euro 2016 Steering Committee meeting on security which took place in Paris as deadly explosions rocked Brussels airport and metro.

Cazeneuve said that the Brussels attacks "remind us tragically of the high level of threat we are confronted with".

But he said it would not affect security provided in stadiums and fan zones for the June 10 to July 10 tournament.

"We cannot permanently raise what is already a very high level since January 2015," said Cazeneuve, "but we can strengthen the measures".

"Our position is not to give in to terrorism," he continued. "This event can take place as the COP 21 took place (after the November attacks). However, we must have the flexibility, if necessary, to reconsider our position on some fan zones".

Sports Minister Patrick Kanner also attended the meeting during which measures were agreed for systematic pat-downs at fan zones, the use of metal detectors, demining services and video surveillance in zones welcoming 10,000 to 100,000 fans.

"It's an extraordinary exercise," said Kanner. "Never before has an event of this magnitude been monitored and secured at this level. The image of France is at stake, our ability to host events of this magnitude with
seriousness, composure and determination."

More than 2.5 million fans are expected to attend matches in ten host cities with a further 7 million expected in fan zones during the competition. 

Fan zone security will cost up to 17 million euros ($19m), with UEFA promising 3 million euros before the November attacks, and are now examining a request for a further one million.

European governing body UEFA are responsible for security in the stadiums, team base camps, official hotels and the media centre, and will recruit 10,000 private security officers - seven percent more than planned before November 13.

Following Tuesday's attacks training for Belgium's friendly football match against Portugal was called off.

Story continues below…

"All our thoughts at this moment are with the victims (of the blasts). Football is not the priority today. Training cancelled," the Belgian Football Federation posted on its Twitter account.

There was no immediate word if the match, due to be played next Tuesday at the King Baudoin stadium in the Belgian capital, would go ahead.

Belgium are currently the top ranked team in the world and the game against Portugal is part of the team's preparations for the Euro 2016.

In another reaction to the blasts, the Travers la Flandre cycling race, which had been due to be held on Wednesday, was also called off.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
€5 to the coast? Ouibus rolls out new summer lines
Photo: Ouibus

Fancy heading to the coast for just €5 this summer?

Brexit
When France 'ignored' the result of an EU referendum
Demonstrators hold signs reading 'Respect our No, an other Europe is possible' after the EU constitution which was rejected in a referendum in 2005. Photo: AFP

The UK has voted to Leave the EU... but can the Brexit vote simply be ignored? Here's what happened in France's own EU referendum 11 years ago.

Tensions mount as thousands protest France's labour laws
French anti-riot police officers hold a man during a demonstration against controversial labour reforms, on June 28, 2016 on Bastille Square in Paris. Photo: AFP

Police are on high alert as tensions have begun to service during the latest labour reform protest in Paris.

The bright side of Brexit: The 'good news' for Brits in France
Photo: AFP

Well the UK voted to Leave the EU, the pound is tumbling, and stock markets have been in turmoil, but it's not all bad news for Brits living and working in France... right?

New map of France finalized as regions settle on names
Photo: AFP

It's done. The names have all been decided on after lots of arguing. Here's the new map of France.

Eiffel Tower closes as workers join latest strike
Photo: AFP

The Iron Lady is on strike on Tuesday.

Labour law protests
Paris: 2,500 police on alert for new labour law protest
Police carry out bag checks at Thursday's protest. Photo: AFP

Paris is on high alert on Tuesday as the city is set to play host to the 11th demonstration against new labour reform bill, which will be voted on by the Senate on the same day.

French police lifeguards get guns for summer beach patrol
Photo: AFP

Keep an eye out for life guards with guns on beaches in France this summer.

What will change in France from July 2016
Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

July will see some changes in France, and here's how you'll be affected.

France tells UK to hurry up and get on with EU divorce
Photo: AFP

"Don't waste any time," France tells UK. "We don't want anymore uncertainty."

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Mixed reaction from the French as UK votes for Brexit
National
How Brexit could now scupper that dream move to France
Brexit limbo: What happens next for Brits in France?
Gallery
Ten reasons why you should think about becoming French
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Analysis & Opinion
Brexit: Life for Brits in France 'will get more complicated'
Culture
20 English words that 'should be banished' from French
National
Best Briehaviour: A guide to French cheese etiquette
Features
And the best city in France for expats to live in is...?
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Society
Forget bikes, Paris is set to roll out scooter rentals
National
'We fear for our safety': French police feel the strain
Lifestyle
Why Rennes (and not Paris) is the best city in France for expats to live
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
National
Why are the French losing appetite for baguettes?
Lifestyle
Naturism booms in France as young eager to ditch clothes
Lifestyle
Is working life better in London or Paris?
National
Dear Americans: Please come to Paris
National
It's official (kind of): French work fewest hours in EU
And the best football fans of Euro 2016 in France are?
National
Paris has wettest spring in 100 years and it's hitting morale
Police murders remind France of complexity of terror threat
National
IN PICTURES: Labour law protests in Paris turn ugly
National
Double murder just latest jihadist attack on French police and soldiers
International
French police appear unprepared for hooligan threat at Euro 2016
Sport
An A to Z guide of what to expect in France for Euro 2016
2,738
jobs available