The qualifying match of the European Football Championship between France and Turkey is taking place this Monday, October 14 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The geopolitical context is tense between the two nations. France has decided to suspend its arms deliveries to Turkey following the intervention of the Turkish army in Syria. An important safety device is provided.
These are exceptional numbers that are planned for this meeting under high tension, the Paris Police Prefecture has taken specific measures. The sale of alcohol around the stadium will be banned, but especially the number of police will be more than doubled around the site: 600 police mobilized against 280 for a normal match.
The stewards, responsible for monitoring the public will also be more numerous than usual 1400. This is 300 more than for previous meetings of the team of France.
78 000 places were sold for the meeting.
Officially, 4,000 Turkish fans will be gathered in a reserved area in the stands, this is called "visitor parking". They received a message from the Turkish federation inviting them to respect the French anthem.
In the first leg in Turkey, the Marseillaise had been copiously whistled: 30,000 other Turkish spectators living in Europe are also expected. They could follow the meeting among the supporters of the Blues.
This is where the organizers fear clashes. They remember the match Europa League Besiktas Lyon in 2017 marked by many violence.
Calls to cancel this match counting for the qualifications for Euro 2020 multiply. UDI President Jean-Christophe Lagarde, chairman of the Kurdish Study Group at the Assembly, called for the cancellation of the meeting.
With this military salute, the Turkish football team has unfortunately broken the border that must separate sport from politics. We can not welcome tomorrow at the Stade de France those who salute the massacre of our Kurdish allies! #AnnulationMatchFranceTurkey pic.twitter.com/tjzRLYZsZLJean-Christophe Lagarde (@jclagarde) October 13, 2019
A cancellation swept by the coach of the Blues, Didier Deschamps: " The geopolitical problems, they are there. That this has consequences? Of course, on the environment of the match. But we will not think of that .
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave him up to go to the stands at the Stade de France. " What's happening in Syria is one thing, the match is something else. Although there may be overlaps, provocations, we will try to avoid it, "tried to reassure the ambassador of Turkey, Ismail Hakki Musa.