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Euro 2016 Football championship

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Most people in Europe are well aware of this upcoming event, but people on other continents may not know that France is hosting the UEFA football (soccer) championship from 10 June to 10 July. This will make a HUGE amount of difference to visitors during that period. For example, some hotels have raised their rates by 500%. And of course, in any case hotel rooms (or apartment rentals) will be hard to find.

7 matches will be played at the Stade de France: 10, 13, 16, 22, 27 June and 3, 10 July.
5 matches will take place at the Parc des Princes: 12, 15, 18, 21, 25 June.

The "fan zone" will be on the Champ de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower and is designed for 120,000 visitors a day. There will be big screens there and also at Place de la République and Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, as well as the esplanade of Gare Montparnasse.

Therefore, anybody visiting then might find conditions to be a bit different from usual. Most of the sports fans will also be doing tourist visits, so you will probably find things a lot more crowded than you had hoped. While price gouging at restaurants and bars is not really a Paris tradition (except at the hooker bars around Pigalle, which are in major decline), it will be important to be vigilant about this, too. Many fans will be "enhanced" by alcohol throughout the day and night, so be careful around them.

Random security is sure to be annoying but also extremely important.

For people going to other cities in France, the following cities will also be in a frenzy on certain days:
Lens, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Lille, Toulouse, Lyon, Saint Etienne.

http://www.uefa.com/tickets/

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