mock terrorist attack in the French city of Leone, just one of many security drills taking place in venues and fan zones throughout the country, days ahead of the official start of the Euro 2016. In this scenario, security forces and emergency units responding to a bomb blast followed by an attack of armed gunmen.
The first match of the championship will kick off on Saturday at the StadeFrance. The same stadium that the bombers tried to enter during the November attacks. Reuter's John Irish is in Paris where authorities are looking to reassure the millions of fans traveling from across Europe that security is taken seriously.
>> It terms of we are already in a state of emergency in France from November's terrorist attacks. So that already saw 10,000 soldiers put on the streets to sort of walk around the cities and guard mosques and synagogues and other places of priority. So we have those and on top of that for the tournament they're saying they're mobilizing in total 90,000 people, which 70,000 are and police and riot police as well, this comes as a time as well when there have been massive demonstrations across the country and recently police have also been having to take a part in the flood crisis that we've seen in Paris and its outskirts.
>> Authorities also launching a new mobile app aimed at alerting people about possible attacks, as well as providing advice on how to react. President Hollande has extended the highest level of security until August, but warned zero risk is impossible to guarantee. Adding to that, recent stoppages and street demonstrations have hit rail services and power stations tarnishing Francis's image with scenes of barricades and picket line violence just as it prepares to welcome fans from 24 different countries across the continent