Euro 2016 will be played under state of emergency, confirms French Prime Minister

Manuel Valls announced the country would be extending the conditions that came into effect in November 2015

BY Cian Roche 10:35 Wednesday 20 April 2016, 10:35 20 Apr 2016

This summer's European Championships will be played under a state of emergency, the French Prime Minister has confirmed.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced it would be extending conditions that came into effect after the Paris terror attacks in November 2015 for another two months.

“We have to ensure security,” he told French Info Radio, and that the large number of fans travelling from around the continent factored in in that decision.

"It also must be a party with full stadiums, fan zones filled with a passion , I hope, around the France team football."

The state of emergency gives French police the power to carry out searches and raids without warrant. It also gives power to restrict public gatherings.

Yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they "strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive travel insurance" before your trip, noting that they "can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency". 

They also advise you to check the small print of any policy you do take out to make sure there's nothing excluded that you may actually need. 

You can find all of the recommendations here.

The Paris attacks claimed the lives of 130 people, while more recently the bombings in Brussels claimed the lives of 32 people. 


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