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Road to France - UEFA EURO 2016™ Venue Guides

Road to France - Paris - with Kevin Kilbane

Road to France - Paris


Unique, eternal and romantic, Paris is a magical city. Paris, the City of Light, with its classical, modern and contemporary delights, chosen as French capital by King Clovis in 508, is a veritable treasure and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has innumerable, spectacular attractions including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Louvre Museum, les Invalides, Sacré-Coeur, l'Arc de Triomphe, l'Opéra, the River Seine, the Champs-Elysées, the Pompidou Centre, the Quai Branly Museum and so many more.

Paris has such a wealth of cultural sites bursting with history that 45 million tourists flock to this capital of luxury, fashion, new technologies and design every year, making it the most visited city in the world. Paris, sprinkled with so many restaurants recognised by the Michelin Guide, is a truly global gastronomic capital. It is also a city of 16 Métro lines and 20 constantly-evolving arrondissements (districts).

Paris also has a great sporting tradition and is home to the fourth largest stadium in France, the Parc des Princes, as well as an iconic, hugely popular football team, Paris Saint-Germain.

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The third-largest urban area in Ile-de-France after Paris and Boulogne-Billancourt, Saint-Denis certainly has a unique character and is located very close to Paris. The birthplace of the famous poet Paul Eluard, Saint-Denis is steeped in French history. The city is home to the Saint-Denis Basilica, a prime example of monumental Gothic architecture and the burial place of all the kings of France. Saint-Denis is also historically significant in the workers' movement, a consequence of several waves of migration into the area.

Multicultural, working-class and open to the world, Saint-Denis has come out of the era of de-industrialisation with a dynamic attitude symbolised by the Stade de France and the Cité du Cinéma studios founded by Luc Besson, now a vibrant nerve centre of the European film industry.

The Dyonisiens, as the residents of Saint-Denis are known, are proud of their ethical values; the city hosted the second European Social Forum in 2003. The European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City was drawn up in Saint-Denis in 2000 and has been signed by more than 350 European cities.

As the "youngest" major urban area in France, Saint-Denis represents the city of the future, concerned with protecting its heritage while embracing modernity and major projects.

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Paris - Parc des Princes:

12 June – Turkey vs Croatia – Group D

15 June – Romania vs Switzerland – Group A

18 June – Portugal vs Austria – Group F

21 June – Northern Ireland vs Germany – Group C

25 June – Round of 16 – Winner Group B vs Third placed team A/C/D

Saint-Denis - Stade de France:

10 June – Opening match France vs Romania – Group A

13 June – Republic of Ireland vs Sweden – Group E

16 June – Germany vs Poland – Group C

22 June – Iceland vs Austria – Group F

27 June – Round of 16 – Winner Group E vs Runner-up Group D

03 July – Quarter Final – Winner match 40 vs Winner match 44

10 July – Final UEFA EURO 2016™ – Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50

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