All set for month-long football feast

There's excitement in the air at the Euro 2016 fan zone at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the venue of a giant concert today ahead of the opening match between host France and Romania at the capital's Stade de France. The concert is the first test of the
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There's excitement in the air at the Euro 2016 fan zone at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the venue of a giant concert today ahead of the opening match between host France and Romania at the capital's Stade de France.

The concert is the first test of the massive security operation to guard a tournament that is taking place just seven months after a terror attack in Paris that killed 130 people.

Up to 90,000 police and private guards are providing security for the month-long tournament. Twenty-four national teams from across Europe are taking part and matches will be played in 10 cities around France.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2016, with the headline 'All set for month-long football feast'. Print Edition | Subscribe