France kicks off Euro 2016 amid tight security

London: The Euro 2016 will kick off today in France when hosts face Group A opponents Romania at the Stade de France amid an unprecedented security operation

France remains under a state of emergency after last November’s attacks on Paris, when 130 people were killed. More than 90 thousands police, soldiers and private guards will be deployed at the tournament, with seven million fans expected to visit the 10 host cities.

The US and British government have both warned fans they could be at risk. But organisers, Uefa, and the French authorities, insist they have done everything possible to keep the 2.5 million spectators expected at the 51 matches safe.

France faced its first major security test when DJ David Guetta performed yesterday at the 90 thousands capacity fan zone at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. (ANI)