One year to go before Euro 2016 in France

French footballer Louis Saha among guests at Kensington Palace Gardens, one year before the start of the prestigious European championships

London, 24 June 2015

The Ambassador welcomed guests from the business, events, sport and journalism worlds at an event at the French Residence yesterday one year ahead of the start of Euro 2016 in France.

Among the guests were former French national team and Manchester United footballer Louis Saha who mixed with guests, posed for photos and even tried his hand at table football.

Visitors to the event had the chance to have their photo taken with the European trophy itself, which was on display in the Residence, as well as the tournament’s official mascot, Super Victor.

Previewing the start of next year’s tournament, Ambassador Bermann said: “Euro 2016 will be an absolute must for all football devotees, eager to watch the best of European football and take part in unforgettable celebrations.

“From northern France to the Rhone Valley, from the Atlantic coast to the Riviera, fans will be able to enjoy not just top-class football, but also the hospitality and atmosphere of some iconic sporting venues.”

UEFA Head of Revenue Operations Philippe Margraff was also present at the event to speak about preparations for the tournament, which kicks off in Paris on 10 June 2016.

It is believed that Euro 2016 will generate €1.7 billion euros of investment in stadiums with 100,000 hospitality packages also being sold.

Laurent Fabius, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, has previously announced a wide range of initiatives to make the French tourism industry even stronger and maintain France’s rank as the world’s number one tourist destination.

For more information on Euro 2016 visit the official website at

Published on 29/06/2015

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