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Alcohol bans in France ahead of Euro matches

Authorities have enforced a ban on public drinking ban in the French cities of Lens and Lille to avoid violent clashes seen in Marseille during the first week of Euro 2016.

Following violence in Marseille, French authorities have enforced alcohol restrictions in Lens and Lille

The ban has been enforced from 6pm on Tuesday 14 June and will remain in place until 6am on Friday 17 June.

Following extensive violence between England, Russia and French locals since the start of the Euro 2016 tournament, the Football Association (FA) expressed “serious concerns” for safety in Lille.

Russian played Slovakia in Lille yesterday, while England is set to play Wales in Lens – 20 miles away from Lille – today.

Alcohol will be banned in off-licenses and supermarkets, while all bars will be forced to close at midnight and serve drinks in plastic containers. Drinking in pubic places has also been prohibited.

The UK government advised British fans to stay away from Lille and Lens during the games if they do not have a ticket.

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