Paris increases security further for Euro 2016
A security guard looks at the Euro 2016 fan zone, under construction on the Champs de Mars in Paris - AP

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Paris’ police prefect says the level of security in the French capital has been further increased in order to protect potential soft targets during the European Championship soccer tournament.

Michel Cadot says an extra contingent of 1,200 soldiers will be deployed in public spaces, transportation and landmarks across Paris during the monthlong tournament.

Cadot said “we are focusing on fan zones and stadiums, but during that period there is a very strong need for the general surveillance of the Paris area.”

Cadot added that a more than 13,000-strong security force will be patrolling around stadiums, fan zones and other public spaces, a figure “that will rise from mid-June.”

The state of emergency is still in force in France after extremist attacks killed 130 people in Paris in November.

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