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Euro 2016 faces challenges other than soccer

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 01:24

Ongoing protests and security concerns in France are threatening to disrupt the upcoming Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Europe's biggest soccer stars are on the pitch and ready for kickoff, but unrest off-the-pitch is threatening to spoil the party as France prepares for the Euro 2016 tournament. Rail workers say they'll be protesting against government-proposed labor reforms throughout the tournament, making life difficult for the millions of visitors who are expected. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FO LABOUR UNION MEMBER, PHILIPPE NUNES, SAYING: "I like soccer, but unfortunately the government insists on regressing living conditions. This is about working conditions but it's also about living and family conditions." Safety is also a major concern. Here in Lyon, officials are holding security drills in a tournament fanzone after warnings that militants may target the soccer tournament. France was hit by multiple attacks last year, including one at the national stadium, although regional prefect Michel Delpuech says security teams are ready. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PREFECT OF THE REGION AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES MICHEL DELPUECH SAYING: "Yes, we are prepared, and as we have been preparing ourselves, as we are being vigilant, and as we are and remain lucid, we are serene, and as we are serene, the celebration will go on without any incident." (SOUNDBITE) (French) PREFECT OF THE REGION AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES MICHEL DELPUECH SAYING: "Yes, we are prepared. We are being vigilant, we remain lucid, we are serene, and as we are serene, the celebration will go on without any incident." Thousands of fans will be among millions of tourists expected to visit France over the next several weeks. But it seems nothing, not security warnings or industrial action, will stop them from getting to the pitch.

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Euro 2016 faces challenges other than soccer

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 01:24