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Swiss police call on French riot unit reinforcements for Euro 2008

Swiss police call on French riot unit reinforcements for Euro 2008

Local police were reinforced by hundreds of officers from France's gendarmerie and CRS riot police units for Saturday's match between Portugal and Turkey at the European Championship.
"We are very happy to be here," said Denis Kotnik, commander of a CRS detachment from the city of Metz. "We will offer all our support. It is a good example of European cooperation and there is good intelligence between the French and Genevois police."
Officers from the French cities of Lyon and Grenoble will also work under Geneva canton (state) police authority in 48-hour spells around each of the Geneva's three match-day operations.
Portugal face the Czech Republic on Wednesday and the Czech Republic plays Turkey next Sunday in Group A. Foreign fans aren't expected to pose a hooligan problem.
"The support of our French colleagues is a crucial element in our operations," said Christian Cudre-Mauroux, commander of the Geneva forces at Euro 2008.
The relatively small Geneva force will get federal funds to pay for the reinforcements, and call upon Swiss officers from neighboring French-speaking cantons.
"It permits us to be present all through this long day in the city, in the fan zone and at the stadium," Cudre-Mauroux said. "Our philosophy is to be very visible and have contact with the supporters, and to maintain the capacity to be here for our normal job for the population. With these reinforcements we can do all these things."


Updated : 2021-05-09 07:12 GMT+08:00