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Monday, June 6, 2016
Euro 2016: Heavily-armed police guard England's team hotel hours after 15 terror plots against tournament revealed
Armed police have been pictured patrolling England’s Euro 2016 hotel just hours after security officials revealed they foiled 15 terror attacks against the football tournament.
The officers were seen sweeping the luxury Auberge du Jeu de Paume hotel in Chantilly where the national team will be based.
FA officials have spared no expense in kitting out the hotel for the players with luxuries including games consoles and cinema rooms.
Every effort has gone into making sure players don’t go into their shells during the hours spent hanging around the swish five-star property.
But security will be a top priority during the tournament after several security agencies ranging from the US State Department to French police warning that Islamic State terrorists are planning to strike.
The FA has drafted in extra security to protect players and their partners.
A source revealed to the Sunday People: “There has been an intense security briefing, and the arrangements which are in place should ensure the players' families are kept safe at all times - so the guys can focus completely on the football.
“It’s a very tense time and nobody is taking any chances.”
France is deploying 90,000 forces for the tournament, and the country’s president Francois Hollande said on Sunday night that the threat of attacks will not stop it from being successful.
Earlier today police announced that an “immigrant hating” Frenchman had planned 15 mass attacks on the football championship.
A source close to the investigation said the man was “armed to the teeth and ready to strike”.
Ukraine police said he had massed a “vast arsenal” including five Kalashnikov assault rifles, two anti-tank grenade launchers, 5,000 rounds of ammunition and 125kg of TNT explosives.
Marseille commander Laurent Nunez said the Three Lions’ opening match against Russia on Saturday in in the Mediterranean port city was "a particularly high risk".
Suggestions that the city will be attacked emerged on a computer belonging to Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the ISIS death squad that hit Paris last November.
England's WAGs have also been told to be careful what they post on their Twitter and Instagram accounts - amid fears they could be targeted by terrorists during the tournament.
The families and partners of Roy Hodgson’s Lions have been given a comprehensive security briefing by the FA and added security keep them safe during Euro 2016 .
Special arrangements include secret private villas in the French countryside being booked for the families, and a team of the world’s top security operatives being hired to secure the team and their loved ones.
The squad have been told their partners can fly out to support them during the Euros which kick-off on Saturday but they will not be allowed in the team hotel in Chantilly, France