Jul 12, 2016

    40 nabbed in Paris for violence during final


    AROUND 40 people were arrested in Paris on Sunday after police used tear gas and water cannon against football fans hurling glass bottles at officers at the Eiffel Tower during the final.

    Crowds of supporters, some donning French or Portuguese flags, gathered at the base of the Paris landmark before and after Portugal's stunning 1-0 victory over France after they were refused entry to the fan zone which was packed to its 90,000 capacity, Paris police said.

    The base of the Eiffel Tower was engulfed in clouds of tear gas as riot police repelled the youths, who started fires on the pavement and threw bottles and other objects at the police lines, Agence France-Presse photographers said. Police in riot gear faced off with crowds, as at least one police truck fired water at demonstrators.

    Earlier clashes between fans at the June 11 England-Russia match in Marseille left 35 people injured in violence that French prosecutors have largely blamed on around 150 "well-prepared" Russian supporters who carried out targeted attacks on

    England supporters.