Ministers and organizers review Euro 2016 security
Security measures at Euro 2016 – Joint press communiqué issued by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport
Paris, 20 June 2016
M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, and M. Patrick Kanner, Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, today chaired a meeting at Place Beauvau of the interministerial crisis centre for the security of football’s Euro 2016, in the presence of M. Jacques Lambert, President of the company Euro 2016 SAS, to review security for the competition, with 26 of the 51 matches having already been played.
The ministers and Jacques Lambert, the Euro 2016 SAS President, were keen to thank all the public employees mobilized to guarantee the security of the competition: the security forces – police, gendarmes, firefighters and soldiers – as well as préfets (1) and prefecture staff, the emergency services and departments in all the ministries concerned, for the work already done and the work remaining. They also thanked all the host cities, with which the government is working in perfect coordination.
With the exception of the incidents in Marseille on Saturday 11 June, the matches have gone ahead without any notable incidents, and so far the security arrangements have enabled the competition to run smoothly.
Together with the event’s organizers, Euro 2016 SAS, the ministers reviewed incidents which have occurred inside certain stadiums and measures taken by the organizers, who are responsible for security inside the stadiums, to deal with them immediately.
The government stands totally firm against violence. Since the beginning of the competition, the security forces have arrested 557 individuals, particularly for violence, theft and damage to property. Of them, 344 have been remanded in custody, 21 have already been given prison sentences and six have been given suspended prison sentences.
Moreover, préfets have ordered 25 people to be returned to the border. To prevent any of these individuals returning to national territory, their visas have also been cancelled, and in addition they will be banned from the country. These measures come on top of the 3,200 people who were banned from the country before the competition began. These steps to ensure security will continue to be taken throughout the competition. In the context of the terrorist threat, but also given the violent behaviour of hooligans, the state and the organizers are continuing to mobilize all the tools put in place for Euro 2016’s security: the interministerial crisis unit at the Interior Ministry, but also the risk analysis unit based at the National Police Headquarters, Lognes international police cooperation centre and policing resources. All these tools have been activated 24/7, with a view to ensuring constant vigilance and complete effectiveness./.
(1) high-ranking civil servants who represent the state at the level of the department or region.