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A look at the best fan pics from Euro 2016 so far

Fans dressed as baguette-wielding roosters, the Queen and matadors root for their teams in fan zones and stadiums

A look at the best fan pics from Euro 2016 so far
Photo: The Local France

Despite the violence of football fans hitting the headlines, many supporters are having a great time backing their national teams in Euro 2016. 

Flags, face paints and football shirts can be spotted in cities and stadiums across France. 

90th birthday celebrations in Paris? An English fan wearing a mask of the Queen gestures in the fan zone at the Eiffel Tower, during England's draw against Russia. Photo: AFP 

Two supports sport the tricolore and a rooster hat ahead of France's opening game against Romania. Photo: AFP

Other French fans opted for the more traditional baguette to cheer on Les Bleus, brilliant if they needed something to nibble on in those tense last few minutes before Payet's winner.

A Spanish foot-bull fan dressed as a matador takes a selfie before their 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. Photo: AFP

One fan was spotted having a snooze outside of a bar on the morning of his team Sweden's 1-1 draw with Ireland. 
 
 
Russian fans watch their opening game in the fan zone at the Eiffel Tower in somewhat more peaceful scenes than in Marseille that night. Photo: AFP
 
 
German supporters take their muppets to the game against Ukraine at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Photo: AFP
 
 
A Polish fan dressed as a football cheers on his team as they beat Northern Ireland by a goal in Nice. Photo: AFP
 
 
English fans ignore the recent BBC News' debate about whether crusader costumes are offensive, cheering on their team in knight-attire. Photo: AFP
 
Irish fans had their hearts set on charming Paris yesterday, with videos circulating on twitter of their jovial and non-violent celebrations. The best fans of Euro 2016 so far? 
 
Russian fans make clear their attitude of “no surrend” in the face of their suspended ban from the tournament.
 
A Swiss cow moos in support of his team as they face Romania at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photo: AFP
 
 
A dog sports the French team jersey in Vieux Port in Marseille. Photo: AFP
 
 
Slovakia fans a-head of the game with elaborate face paints before they beat Russia in Lille. Photo: AFP

Portuguese ninja turtles wait for their game to start in Saint-Etienne. Photo: AFP 

An Iceland fan dressed as a Viking sings whilst his team hold Portugal to a 1-1 draw. Photo: AFP

French and Albanian fans join forces before France's last minute victory yesterday. By no means the first instance of fan camaraderie after Ireland and Sweden fans amicable display on Monday. 

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EURO 2016

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy

Hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament cost France less than €200 million ($211 million) but brought some €1.22 billion into the country, according to figures released by the ministry of sports Tuesday.

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy
Photo:AFP

There was controversy over the public funds poured into the tournament, with some 24 million euros — double the expected cost — spent on security in light of an increased terrorist threat.

The state spent a further 160 million euros on building and renovating venues for the June and July event, while private funds and tournament organiser UEFA covered the remaining costs.

But Euro 2016 brought 1.221 billion euros into the country both in tourism and spending directly related to the organisation of the tournament, according to data compiled by the Centre of the Law and Economics of Sport at Limoges University (CDES) and the consultancy firm Keneo.

In calculating the figures, researchers took into account the loss from potential tourists who would have stayed away from France to avoid the tournament, as well as the state funds which could have been used elsewhere had they not been set aside for venues.

The average tournament visitor spent 154 euros a day, with most of that going on accommodation and eating out, the study said, with tourism providing a 625.8 million euro boost to the country.

UEFA spent some 360 million euros on organising the tournament in the country, while 24 participating teams gave the economy a 34.9 million euro boost.

Accredited persons for the event spent 34.8 million euros while in the country, and sponsors 22.6 million euros, according to the figures.

Last January the CDES predicted Euro 2017 would bring in 1.266 billion euros in additional expenditure, or 0.1 percent of France's GDP.

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