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The Latest: Police say 35 injured in clashes in Marseille

  • England supporters cover their faces after police fired tear gas following clashes after the Euro 2016 soccer championship group B match between England and Russia in Marseille, France Saturday, June 11, 2016. Clashes between soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port occurred for a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    England supporters cover their faces after police fired tear gas following clashes after the Euro 2016 soccer championship group B match between England and Russia in Marseille, France Saturday, June 11, 2016. Clashes between soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port occurred for a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)  (The Associated Press)

  • People run after police fired tear gas following clashes after the Euro 2016 soccer championship group B match between England and Russia in Marseille, France Saturday, June 11, 2016. Clashes between soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port occurred for a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    People run after police fired tear gas following clashes after the Euro 2016 soccer championship group B match between England and Russia in Marseille, France Saturday, June 11, 2016. Clashes between soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port occurred for a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stewards speak to Russian supporters after clashes broke out in the stands during the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Stewards speak to Russian supporters after clashes broke out in the stands during the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):

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10:42 a.m.

Police say 35 people have been wounded in clashes that erupted between England and Russia soccer fans before and after a match at the European Championship.

Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said in a text message that most of the injuries were minor. He did not immediately reply to a question about a British victim who was reported to be in serious condition.

French authorities have been on the defensive after media broadcast live scenes of brutal fighting at the Old Port in Marseille and surrounding side streets ahead of Saturday's game.

Speaking to Europe 1 radio, French Socialist leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis defended his country's law enforcement, blaming the violence on "drunken cretins."