>> Heavily armed soldiers and piles of garbage on the streets. Not how France wanted to welcome people to the Euro 2016 football championships. The world's third biggest sporting event, after the World Cup and the Olympics, kicks off Friday night but a summer of labor unrest promises travel disruption and uncollected rubbish.
Fears of a terror attack also running high. Reuters European affairs editor Paul Taylor is in Paris.>> The strikes are not likely to have a great impact on the event itself, but on the general image of France they're clearly already doing quite a lot of damage. As far as the matches are concerned, the authorities big worry Is that rail unions may try to disrupt traffic to particular stadiums, for example, tonight's kickoff match between France and Romania.
>> France, still officially in a state of emergency following last year's terror attacks in Paris. 90,000 police, soldiers, and security staff detail to protect fans. Supporter without tickets encouraged to walk games at designated fan zones. Police say they will be easier to protect. But all the worries mean France is feeling far from festive.
>> The mood has been quite glum. First of all, economically the mood has been somewhat depressed ever since the November attacks in the entertainment industry. Hotel bookings are down and so on, but also the political mood is pretty glum. President Hollande is towards the end of his term, his popularity is at a record low of just 16%.
>> After all that there is some football to be played. Germany and Spain looking strong, but France start the tournament as favorites. A home victory would certainly help to lift the mood.