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Euro 2016 kicks off in the shadow of tension and heightened security

Hosts get the ball rolling – but carnival atmosphere inside Stade de France was at odds with huge security operation outside

Tension outside the Stade de France in Paris before Euro 2016’s big kick-off translated into nervousness on the pitch and in the stands, before Dimitri Payet sparked relief and celebrations for the hosts with a glorious late winner.

The game had begun under a barely concealed layer of concern over strikes and security fears, exacerbated by news of skirmishes involving England fans in Marseille, but Didier Deschamps’s young France team eventually achieved lift-off with a 2-1 victory over a dogged Romania.

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