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Euro 2016 to go on as planned, insists France's Prime Minister

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said the European Championship in France will go ahead as planned despite the terror attacks on Paris in 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 Euros should be held, and will be held," he added.

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The terror attacks on France and Brussels will not impede the staging of Euro 2016.

With Europe on high alert following the attacks, there are concerns that Euro 2016, to be played between June 10 and July 10 could be targeted, with fears over the potential vulnerability of 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 the authorities would ensure their safety with strengthened security measures.


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