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UEFA Euro 2016: France Seeks to Extend State of Emergency

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Paris, France – France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the government plans to extend its state-of-emergency powers until the end of July to cover this summer’s Euro 2016 soccer tournament and the Tour de France cycling race.

Given the scale of the event, security has to be ensured, he said in a radio interview.

The government declared a state of emergency hours after the November 13 attacks, which a coordinated gun and bob attacks killed 130 people and were claimed by an Islamic State. The Stade de France football stadium, which was targeted by suicide bombers, will host the opening match of Euro 2016 and the final, which will be a match between France and Romania for Group A.

The proposed two-month extension will require parliamentary approval. The current state of emergency give police extra powers to conduct searches and put people under house arrest, runs until May 26. If approved this will be the fourth extension since November.

Security will be tight at the Euro 2016 tournament, with more than 1,200 security officials deployed for matches at the Stade De France, and an average of 900 across all stadiums.

The Euro 2016 runs from June 10 until July 10, through 10 cities of the French nation.

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