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VIDEO: Violence erupts in Paris as police clash with France, Portugal fans

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Security measures are seen ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 at the Eiffel Tower on June 9, 2016 in Paris, France. The opening match of the tournament is on June 10. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Crowd disturbances around Paris marred the EURO 2016 final on Sunday.

Police had to shut down the Eiffel Tower both on Sunday evening and on Monday, as riot police fired tear gas into large crowds who had gathered to watch France take on Portugal on large TV screens in the fanzone.

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French police have confirmed that 50 people were arrested in Paris following the final due to violent outbreaks across the French capital.

The main issue was that the capacity of over 80,000 in the huge fanzone at the foot of the Eiffel Tower had already been reached but thousands of fans continued to try and get in during the early moments of the final.

Videos below show police pushing back fans of both teams with water cannons, while fires were lit and huge clouds of tear gas engulfed the lower reaches of the Eiffel Tower. Many other reports claim that supporters of the French and Portuguese national teams could be seen fighting in the streets around Paris during and after the game.

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Gangs of youngsters also threw bottles and other missiles at the police along the Champs Elysees, with the running battles continuing long into the night.

Before EURO 2016 began France braced itself for the threat of a terror attack and although the country has been in a State of Emergency throughout the tournament, it has passed without any terrorist incidents.

However, the tournament did began with ugly scenes in Marseille between supporters of England and Russia and it ended in a similar fashion in Paris.


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