Controlled detonation at Stade de France ahead of Euro quarter-final

French security forces on Sunday conducted a controlled detonation on a car near the Stade de France stadium, where France were due to play Iceland in a Euro 2016 quarter-final later in the day.

A police spokeswoman said the car caught the attention of security forces because it was in a no-parking zone. Nothing suspicious was found inside the vehicle after the detonation was carried out.

Earlier reports and social media posts had speculated about an explosion.

The Stade de France was targeted during the November 13, 2015, attacks in Paris, when three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the arena, where France were playing Germany at the time.

Sunday's match against Iceland is to be attended by many high-ranking politicians, including French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as well as Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and interim Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson

Last update: Sun, 03/07/2016 - 20:10
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