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Controlled explosion near Stade de France

4 Jul

Police carried out a controlled explosion to open the door of a car parked near the Stade de France, about three and a half hours before the stadium was due to host France’s quarterfinal match against Iceland.

Police said the car was parked in an area where it shouldn’t have been.

Security has been tight throughout Euro 2016 and particularly at the Stade de France, which was targeted by suicide bombers during the attacks across the Paris area on Nov. 13, 2015 that killed 130 people.

Meanwhile, the heads of state and prime ministers from France and Iceland are to attend the European Championship quarterfinal between their countries on Sunday.

French president Francois Hollande has been a regular guest wearing his Les Bleus scarf at Euro 2016 matches. Prime Minister Manuel Valls will lead a delegation of French lawmakers among the VIP guests at Stade de France, according to UEFA.

Iceland has been sending around 10 percent of its 330,000 population to France for matches.

The island nation’s outgoing president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, and interim prime minister, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, are scheduled to attend the biggest game in the national team’s history.

Press Association contributed to this report.

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