France's Status as Host of Euro 2016 Under Scrutiny in the Wake of Terrorist AttacksPublished November 15, 2015 by Florin P
Security concerns for Euro 2016 heightened after terrorists hit Paris.
Hosting the European Championship is a great honor for any nation and in 2016 France will become a hotspot for football fans. The organizers were aware right from the start that hosting such a major event involved security risks and vowed to rise to the occasion.
The string of ISIS terrorist attacks hitting Paris left almost 130 dead and questioned the government’s ability to protect French citizens and hundreds of thousands of football fans. The burden will be shared by the national government and the private security firms contracted by UEFA to keep players and fans safe.
Sacrificing Convenience for Safety
Western countries have always found a way of keeping fans safe regardless of the magnitude of the sports events, while keeping a discrete police presence. Now that the country is at war with a brutal terrorist organization, hell-bent on inflicting as much damage and pain as possible, this will all change.
Under normal circumstances, police forces would be more than enough to secure the multiple sights of the European Championship. This time, additional troops will be deployed and the army will provide logistical support, so football fans should expect a heavy and highly visible presence.
Euro 2016 to Unify European Countries
There is more than meets the eye about Euro 2016, a tournament that encourages competition but also brings people together. With the European Union facing major challenges, this sports event was supposed to bring the best out of people and band nations together.
It is in the face of adversity that character shines brighter and painful as these attacks might be, they won’t bring France to its knees. Instead, the nation will double its efforts to guarantee the safety of those who share its ideals of freedom and unity. France will host Euro 2016 and will try to make it one of the greatest European Championships.