France football team to play at national stadium for first time since Paris attacks

France football team to play at national stadium for first time since Paris attacks
By Sarah Chappell with AFP, Reuters
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Tuesday evening will see France’s national football team play at the Stade de France for the first time since the Paris attacks in November, when the

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Tuesday evening will see France’s national football team play at the Stade de France for the first time since the Paris attacks in November, when the arena was targeted.

Some 400 extra police officers, along with snipers, have been deployed for the international friendly between France and Russia.

Le vestiaire des #bleus au StadeFrance</a> est prêt pour <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FRARUS?src=hash">#FRARUS</a> (21h <a href="https://twitter.com/TF1">TF1) #FiersdetreBleuspic.twitter.com/sUaOja0Z4j

— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) March 29, 2016

French President Francois Hollande is due to attend the match, according to French media reports.

Hollande was also at the Stade de France, watching France play Germany, on 13 November when a series of coordinated attacks were carried out across Paris, killing 130 people.

France-Russie: François Hollande ira finalement au Stade de France https://t.co/giJfS8DNiipic.twitter.com/BsB7j71VRj

— BFMTV (@BFMTV) March 29, 2016

The match comes ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament, which France will be hosting from June.

Hollande said on Tuesday that there had been “no question” of “postponing or cancelling” the tournament in response to the terror attacks in Paris and, more recently, in Brussels.

Rather, hosting the tournament “must, precisely, be one way to respond,” Hollande said.

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