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French hotels to fleece fans at Euro 2016

Hotels have raised prices by 80 percent and rental property owners have been almost as greedy ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament, a new study has found.

French hotels to fleece fans at Euro 2016
Photo: AFP
atWith the Euro 2016 tournament just around the corner, hotels haven't wasted any time increasing their room rates.
 
In fact, the average room price in the ten host cities during the period – June 10th to July 10th – has shot up by 80 percent, according to a study from consumers group UFC Que Choisir.
 
The stats compare the prices on match day, and on the same day one week earlier. 
 
It means that a couple will pay €167 for a room on a game day, compared to just €93 a week earlier. 

The study pointed out some examples of hotels that had grossly upped their prices, including the Best Western in Marseille, which raised prices by over 1,100 percent for a match night. 
 
The Hotel Ibis at Saint-Denis Stade Ouest had rooms up 946 percent on the week before. 
 
So surely fans can opt for a more sensibly priced home rental, right?
 
Wrong! Another survey, released by holiday comparison site Likibu, has found that these sites have also jacked up their prices, this time by 54 percent.
 
These prices were especially bad in cities like Lille at a 71 percent hike, Toulouse at 60 percent, and Lyon at 53 percent. 
 
In Paris, the prices only went up 12 percent, as football fans have plenty of other options when it comes to short term rentals. 
 
The study found that Paris would have an 88 percent occupancy rate in its rentals – ten percent higher than normal. 
 
Bordeaux and Lyon, meanwhile, will see jumps to 90 percent, from an offpeak rate of 73 and 72 percent respectively. 

The Euro 2016 tournament will see 51 matches played in French cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.
 
Accommodation for fans has already caused a few headaches, especially after Uefa announced it would be teaming up with vacation rental site Abritel HomeAway as its “official fan accommodation service”.
 
The move prompted hotel unions to threaten to stop paying tourist taxes over the period of the tournament in frustration that the rental site still doesn't.

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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