French prime minister: Euro 2016 to go ahead with fan zones

AP , Sunday 27 Mar 2016


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says the European Championship soccer tournament will go ahead as planned, despite the attacks in Paris last November and Brussels last Tuesday.

Speaking on French state television, Valls said the ''strongest answer to terrorists, in addition to the deployment of all intelligence and security measures, is life. The terrorists wanted to suppress life (...). The Euro should be held, and will be held.''

With Europe on high alert following the attacks, there are concerns that Euro 2016 in France from June 10-July 10 could be targeted, and especially the fan zones where spectators gather to watch games on large screens.

Valls said seven to eight million fans are expected to visit the open-air areas and that authorities will ensure their safety with strengthened security measures.

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