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    Policemen take part in a mock suicide attack exercise as part of security measures for the upcoming Euro 2016 football championship, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon, central-eastern France, on May 30, 2016

    France Has No Specific Data on Possible Terror Attacks During Euro-2016

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    The French authorities have not received any intelligence that the tournament or specific matches would be the target of terrorist attacks, contrary to what was reported in certain sections of the media, according to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The French authorities have not received intelligence information concerning possible terror threats during the upcoming Euro-2016 championship,  the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) told Sputnik Wednesday.

    “The French authorities have not received any intelligence that the tournament or specific matches would be the target of terrorist attacks, contrary to what was reported in certain sections of the media,” the press-office claimed.

    On Tuesday, the US State Department warned US citizens of possible terror attacks in Europe this summer, saying that major events could be a target.

    France is on a high alert after 130 people were killed in November in a series of terror attacks on the country.

    The 2016 UEFA European Championship is set to take place in France on June 10-July 10.

    The UEFA pledged to provide almost 10,000 security personnel to ensure the safety with over 900 security guards to be dispatched per game and per stadium.

    EURO 2016 SAS [the joint body created by UEFA and the French Football Federation] is responsible for private security at the official sites — stadiums, team base camps, training centers, team transfer hotels, official hotels and the international broadcast center, the UEFA press-service elaborated.

    According to the French Interior Ministry, the host country, responsible for overall tournament security, is due to dispatch more than 87,000 security staff in order to ensure the safety of sportsmen and fans, including 42,000 policemen, 30,000 gendarmes, 10,000 military personnel and more than 5,000 civil security agents.

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