Albania and France meet in Marseille

Albania and France meet in Marseille
By Catherine Hardy
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The scene of violent clashes between English and Russian football fans over the last few days, Marseille is currently a sea of red.

Albania and France meet in Marseille

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The scene of violent clashes between English and Russian football fans over the last few days, Marseille is currently a sea of red.

#marseille right now all dressed up in #RedAndBlack for tonight's #FraAlb#alb#Albania#EURO2016#TifozatKuqEzipic.twitter.com/E2PfiK35fm

— AlbiB7 (@AlbiB7) June 15, 2016

Albania and France will meet in the Mediterranean city on Tuesday evening as part of the Euro 2016 championship – and the atmosphere is very different.

There is an obvious police presence, but for the moment, things seem to be good-natured.

“We’re expecting a good show, more than anything,” said one Albania supporter. “But also a victory for Albania.”

“Play as well as possible. No aggression. May the best team win – but that will be Albania!” said another.

French fans

#Marseille Clément d'Antibes est bien là. Et accompagné pour supporter l'Equipe de France ! #FBsportpic.twitter.com/vTwmMQ3Jmi

— France Bleu Provence (@bleuprovence) June 15, 2016

Fans have also gathered outside the French team hotel.

“For me, it’s become a tradition to welcome the French team when they’re at the hotel,” said “superfan” Clement d’Antibes. “Usually the players do a walkabout before the match but with the security situation and the risk, there won’t be one. But its not a problem. We’re here to cheer on The Blues.”

Fans aren’t disappointed by the likely no-show.

France is all but guaranteed qualification if they beat Albania, so all they want is a win.

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