Tear gas, water cannon used at Paris fan zone during Euro 2016 final match

  • Reuters, Paris
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 03:53 IST
Tear gas floats in the air during clashes near the Paris fans zone during the EURO 2016 final. (Reuters Photo)

French police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of people trying to enter the “fan zone” at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to watch the final of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament on Sunday evening to prevent overcrowding.

The zone, where crowds can watch games on giant outdoor screens, was closed after reaching its maximum capacity of 90,000 at around 7 p.m. (1700 GMT), police said.

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During the second half of the match, police used water cannons to keep people from trying to break in again while firefighters extinguished scooters and a car set ablaze just outside the fan zone.

“The fire is being handled,” a police source said.

Police called on drivers to steer clear of the Eiffel Tower and nearby Trocadero area as some people were blocking traffic and intercepting cars.

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