>> Hurling beer cans and abuse. These were the scenes on the streets of Marseille, ahead of the Euro 2016s opener on Friday. French police stepping in to break up English and Russian soccer fans who squared up ahead of their Group B match on Saturday night. Authorities used tear gas to disperse crowds who took to the tops of road signs near the city's old harbour.
Behavior condemned by the English Football Association. Around 1,000 police were expected to be deployed in Marseille, as up to 70,000 English fans and 20,000 Russians were set to arrive. But in the shadow of heightened security, the tournament kicked off in style. Some 30,000 fans gathering at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to see France win 2-1 against Romania.
Despite still being under a state of emergency following November's Paris attacks, French supporters clearly brushed away any security fears for this game. But as the host country enjoys an uplifting start to the month transport plans could face disruption as Air France pilots walk off the job for four days over pay cuts.