Terror victims to be honoured as Macron, May attend France-England

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French president Emmanuel Macron (R) in addition to British Prime Minister Theresa May are both anticipated to attend Tuesday’s friendly at the Stade de France, according to Macron’s own diary © AFP/File / Justin TALLIS, Eric FEFERBERG

PARIS, France, Jun 12 A minute’s silence will be held prior to France’s home friendly with England on Tuesday as a tribute to the victims of recent terror attacks in England, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Monday.

French president Emmanuel Macron in addition to British Prime Minister Theresa May are both anticipated to attend the match at the Stade de France, according to Macron’s own diary.

May is actually due within the French capital earlier within the day on business ahead of the start of Brexit negotiations next week.

In addition to the minute’s silence, the English national anthem will be played after in which of France, in a reversal of the usual protocol.

The English Football Association had paid a similar tribute prior to the team’s last meeting, a friendly at Wembley in November 2015 in which was played just days after a wave of terror attacks in Paris in which left 130 dead.

Eight people were killed in an attack in London earlier This particular month, including three French nationals, while a suicide bombing in Manchester on May 22 left 22 people dead after an Ariana Grande concert.

The FFF also revealed in a statement in which the teams will run out to the song by Manchester band Oasis ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, which will be played by the musicians in addition to choir of France’s Republican Guard.

The words of the English anthem ‘God Save the Queen’ will be displayed on the big screens of the Stade de France to encourage home supporters to sing along — just as English fans joined in with ‘La Marseillaise’ on an emotional night in London in November 2015.

The French anthem was also played before English Premier League games the following weekend.

“I encourage those who will be at the stadium — if the English anthem is actually sung, everyone should join in,” France’s Blaise Matuidi said at a press conference on Sunday.

Before the minute’s silence on Tuesday evening, the two sets of players will mix together in a sign of unity, rather than face each various other in their opposing line-ups.

France has been on heightened security alert following a wave of attacks across the country over the last couple of years in addition to the level of alert within the United Kingdom was raised within the wake of the recent terrorist outrages.

On Monday there was a large security presence as the England team trained within the plush Parisian suburb of Croissy-sur-Seine.

As well as a large police presence, journalists attending manager Gareth Southgate’s press conference were frisked in addition to bags were searched on entry.

The venue is actually where the Russian team trained during Euro 2016 last year.

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