Warnings increased Wednesday over potential terrorist attacks just two days before the start of Euro 2016, with France on high alert as it prepares to host 2 million foreign football fans.
The French government was set to launch a smartphone app which would warn visitors of any "major crisis," a day after Britain warned that fans could be targeted during the month-long tournament. The free application, available in English and French, would alert users to any suspected attack or other disaster based on their location, according to the Interior Ministry.
The British Foreign Office on Tuesday said there was a "high threat from terrorism" during the month-long championship. "During Euro 2016, stadiums, fan zones, venues broadcasting the tournament and transport hubs and links represent potential targets for terrorist attacks," the Foreign Office added.The U.S. State Department gave a similar warning last week, saying that "unaffiliated entertainment venues broadcasting the tournament in France and across Europe" were also potential targets.