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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

France 2016
UEFA EURO 2016






COUNTRY: FRANCE
ISSUE DATE: 2 April 2016
CIRCULATION:1 200 000 (stamp) / 165 000 (block)
STAMP/BLOCK SIZE:40 x 40 mm / 160 x 143 mm
STAMP DESIGN:© UEFA 2016 TM 









Thirteen of the sixteen teams (including hosts France) that qualified for Euro 2012 qualified again for the 2016 final tournament. Among them were England, who became only the sixth team to record a flawless qualifying campaign (10 wins in 10 matches).




Following the attacks on Paris on 13 November 2015, including one in which the intended target was a game at the Stade de France, controversies about the safety of players and tourists during the upcoming tournament arose. Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation explained that the concern for security had increased following the attacks. He claimed "there was already a concern for the Euros, now it's obviously a lot higher. We will continue to do everything we can, so that security is assured despite all the risks that this entails. I know that everyone is vigilant. Obviously this means that we will now be even more vigilant. But it’s a permanent concern for the federation and the [French] state."





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