Germany shocked in Paris

Germany's midfielder Thomas Muller reacts during a friendly international football match between France and Germany.
Germany's midfielder Thomas Muller reacts during a friendly international football match between France and Germany.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS • Germany manager Joachim Loew revealed that his side were scared even before Friday's friendly with France due to an earlier bomb threat.

France beat the world champions 2-0 in an encounter overshadowed by the terrorist attacks in the French capital.

During the game, three explosions were heard. Police helicopters circled the stadium at the final whistle after President Francois Hollande had left for the interior ministry.

"We are all in shock," said Loew.

"We were told in the changing rooms what had happened. All of us were a bit scared because of a bomb threat earlier today when we spent three hours outside (our hotel)."

The German team were evacuated from their plush hotel in the west of Paris before the game.

After the game, they spent the night at the Stade de France.

"The players were very worried, the information was not clear and we didn't want to take risks, so we decided not to drive through Paris... and so we stayed in the dressing room," said Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff.

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet admitted that security concerns have heightened ahead of Euro 2016 to be held in France.

"For the Euro, there was already a big worry," he told L'Equipe. "Today it's obviously even stronger."

All sporting fixtures in the Paris area this weekend have been cancelled.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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