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Stade de France security to be improved for Euro 2016, minister

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France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has promised that security at the Stade de France in Paris will be ready for Euro 2016 football following problems at last weekend's French cup final.

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Cazeneuve said "the movement of spectators" would be improved and searches increased for the tournament, which kicks off at the stadium in less than three weeks.

His pledge came after police were overwhelmed by a surging crowd during the French cup final between Paris Saint Germain and Marseille on Saturday where fans pushed through one of the gates in a new stadium security fence.

Despite body searches of all 80,000 fans who entered the stadium, smoke bombs were set off inside and lengths of plastic piping and motorbike helmets were also found.

The Stade de France was one of the targets of jihadist suicide bombers, who tried unsuccessfully to get inside the security perimeter, during November's Paris attacks.

The stadium will host both the opening match of Euro 2016 between France and Romania on 10 June and the final on 10 July.

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