Soccer

No TV screens on French terraces during Euro

  • A French army soldier patrols high above the Lake Geneva and the Camille Fournier stadium where the German national soccer team trains in Evian, France, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Germany will face the Ukraine in a Euro 2016 Group C soccer match in Lille on Sunday, June, 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A French army soldier patrols high above the Lake Geneva and the Camille Fournier stadium where the German national soccer team trains in Evian, France, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Germany will face the Ukraine in a Euro 2016 Group C soccer match in Lille on Sunday, June, 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Friday, June 20, 2014 file photo, French soccer supporters react as they watch a live broadcast of the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France, outside of the Metro 14th District bar in Paris, France. Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. The move is aimed at improving security during the tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather if outdoor screens are banned.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    FILE- In this Friday, June 20, 2014 file photo, French soccer supporters react as they watch a live broadcast of the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and France, outside of the Metro 14th District bar in Paris, France. Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship. The move is aimed at improving security during the tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather if outdoor screens are banned. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)  (The Associated Press)

Bar and restaurants owners won't be allowed to set up TV screens outside their businesses during the European soccer championship.

The move is aimed at improving security during the tournament, with French authorities expecting fewer people will gather if outdoor screens are banned.

France has been under a state of emergency since last November's coordinated attacks which killed 130 people at a rock concert, on the terraces of bars and restaurants and outside the Stade de France, the stadium where the football tournament will begin on Friday.

Junior minister for sports Thierry Braillard said Thursday that official fan zones are the only outdoor public spaces where screens will be installed.

The ban is expected to annoy bar owners, especially in the south of France were people spend warm summer evenings outdoors.