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PARIS – France has lost the Euro 2016 soccer championship but can claim victory on another front — making it safely through the monthlong tournament that drew fans from all over Europe while in a state of emergency and on high alert for extremist attacks.
Keeping France safe was a task involving tens of thousands of security forces in 10 cities. For Sunday night's final alone, when France lost 1-0 to Portugal, there were 1,900 police in the fan zone near the Eiffel Tower.
Thousands more were deployed on the Champs-Elysees and at the Stade de France, one of the venues hit in November's Paris attacks that killed 130.
Police used tear gas and water cannons before the final in clashes with people upset that the fan zone was full and closed.