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The Latest: Paris increases security further for Euro 2016

  • A security guard looks at the Euro 2016 fan zone, under construction on the Champs de Mars in Paris, Friday, June 3, 2016. France's interior minister says the Paris police chief wants more security staff to protect fans at the 2016 European Championship, which starts next week. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

    A security guard looks at the Euro 2016 fan zone, under construction on the Champs de Mars in Paris, Friday, June 3, 2016. France's interior minister says the Paris police chief wants more security staff to protect fans at the 2016 European Championship, which starts next week. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)  (The Associated Press)

  • General view of the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. The stadium, which hosted the first European Cup final in 1956 and has had a long history as a rugby venue, will host five matches during the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, including one round of 16 fixture. It will have a capacity of 46,000 for the tournament.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    General view of the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. The stadium, which hosted the first European Cup final in 1956 and has had a long history as a rugby venue, will host five matches during the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, including one round of 16 fixture. It will have a capacity of 46,000 for the tournament. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • A view of the new stadium Allianz Riviera of Nice, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The stadium will have a capacity of 34,500 for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, and will host four matches, including one round of 16 fixture. The venue was one of three new stadiums especially built for the tournament. It's also host to France's National Sports Museum, which was previously located in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    A view of the new stadium Allianz Riviera of Nice, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The stadium will have a capacity of 34,500 for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, and will host four matches, including one round of 16 fixture. The venue was one of three new stadiums especially built for the tournament. It's also host to France's National Sports Museum, which was previously located in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the European Championship soccer tournament being held in France (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Paris' police prefect says the level of security in the French capital has been further increased in order to protect potential soft targets during the European Championship soccer tournament.

Michel Cadot says an extra contingent of 1,200 soldiers will be deployed in public spaces, transportation and landmarks across Paris during the monthlong tournament.

Cadot said "we are focusing on fan zones and stadiums, but during that period there is a very strong need for the general surveillance of the Paris area."

Cadot added that a more than 13,000-strong security force will be patrolling around stadiums, fan zones and other public spaces, a figure "that will rise from mid-June."

The state of emergency is still in force in France after extremist attacks killed 130 people in Paris in November.

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1 p.m.

Ukraine's intelligence agency SBU says it has thwarted a plot to attack soccer's European Championships in France.

The SBU said in a statement on Monday that it had followed a French man since December and allowed him to purchase five machine guns, two rocket propelled grenades and other weapons before he was arrested on the Ukrainian-Polish border last month.

The SBU didn't identify the man but said he was driven by ultra-nationalist views and planned 15 attacks on bridges, railways and other pieces of infrastructure for Euro 2016 that will be held in France.