London - Britain warned on Tuesday that stadiums could be targeted during Euro
2016, adding to security fears for the football extravaganza in France.
warning was issued a day after Ukraine announced the arrest of a
suspected far-right French extremist with a massive weapons cache who
was allegedly planning to attack the tournament.
The Foreign Office said there was a "high threat from terrorism" during the month-long football championship opening on Friday.
Euro 2016, stadiums, fan zones, venues broadcasting the tournament and
transport hubs and links represent potential targets for terrorist
attacks," it said.
But just three days before Euro 2016 kicks off,
the threat of continued disruption to rail travel in France eased as
state-run operator SNCF made an improved offer on pay and conditions to
unions after all-night talks.
"There comes a time when you need to
know when to stop a strike," President Francois Hollande said after a
week of stoppages across the country.
"It is high time this strike ended," Prime Minister Manuel Valls added.
now depends on the CGT, France's biggest union whose leader Philippe
Martinez has emerged as the chief opponent to the Socialist government's
labour law reforms which have sparked three months of demonstrations
Even if trains return to normal - and all but eight
percent of the workforce was back at work Tuesday - the threat of a
strike by Air France pilots still hangs over the four-yearly gathering
of Europe's top football nations.
The pilots are set to ground
planes for four days from Saturday, just when hundreds of thousands of
football supporters will be heading for France.
Hollande has warned the unions they will receive little sympathy if they disrupt the tournament.
activists blocked access to two of the terminals at Paris' main
airport, Charles de Gaulle, for over an hour on Tuesday in an
unannounced protest to call for the labour legislation to be withdrawn.
The unions have also called for a national day of demonstrations on June 14.
the threat of a jihadist attack already hanging over Euro 2016, the
arrest of a Frenchman with an arsenal of weapons in Ukraine has raised
new security fears.
Ukraine's security service SBU said Monday the
25-year-old man, identified in France as Gregoire Moutaux, was planning
to attack a string of locations in his home country.
Vasyl Grytsak said the suspect intended to blow up "a Muslim mosque, a
Jewish synagogue, tax collection organisations, transportation
checkpoints and numerous other locations".
But France has made no
official comment on the arrest and anti-terrorist prosecutors have not
been assigned to the case, suggesting French authorities do not believe
there was any imminent threat to Euro 2016.
Grytsak said the
suspect "expressed negative views about his government's approach to the
immigration of foreigners into France, the spread of Islam and
He was arrested on May 21 while trying to cross
from Ukraine into Poland, in a van containing a massive weapons stash
that included 125kg of TNT and grenade launchers.
released by the Ukrainian authorities showed a man whose face was
blurred out loading a large number of guns into the back of a vehicle.
man worked for an agricultural cooperative inseminating cows in eastern
France and the firm's technical director Luc Voidey described him as
"an exemplary employee".
Neighbours in the village of
Nant-le-Petit, where the man regularly stayed with his grandfather,
expressed astonishment at his arrest, saying he had never expressed
France has mobilised 90 000 security personnel to
guard Euro 2016, which is expected to attract two million foreign
visitors to the country.
The country is still under a state of
emergency following November's suicide bombings and shootings in Paris
that left 130 people dead and were claimed by the Islamic State group.
has already warned US citizens about the risk of attacks on stadiums
and fan zones where supporters without match tickets will gather to
watch the action on giants screens.