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Away fans still banned in France after Paris attacks

France vs Germany at the Stade de France on the night of the Paris attacks on 13 of November.
France vs Germany at the Stade de France on the night of the Paris attacks on 13 of November. AFP
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The ban on away fans attending Ligue 1 matches in France will continue until 14 December, the French interior ministry said Sunday amid security concerns in the aftermath of the 13 November attacks in Paris and as the Cop21 climate change summit starts.

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The initial ban was put into place for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches on19 November, as stretched security forces across the country were unable to provide complete protection, for home and away fans.

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The new move comes as France's state of emergency continues and heads of state and thousands of other people attend the Cop21 climate change summit starting this weekend.

"Given the current circumstances, the travel ban of supporters will be maintained because of the rationalisation of security measures, as it is obvious that the police have other things to do now than accompany the fans," said Junior Minister for Sport Thierry Braillard.

The latest announcement means that away fans will not attend Ligue 1 matches on the 11, 12 and 13 of December, while Ligue 2 matches will not host visiting supporters on the 11, 12 and 14 of December.

The French government imposed the state of emergency after members of the Islamic State armed group attacked Paris cafes, a concert hall and a football stadium killed 130 and injured at least 350.

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