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no public transport in Nantes after 9:30 p.m. for fear of incidents – RT in French

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The company in charge of public transport in Nantes announced that it would suspend the service earlier than usual during the evening between France and Morocco in the semi-finals of the Football World Cup, as a security measure.

Nantes spectators who will watch the France-Morocco match on December 14 outside their homes will have to walk. As reported in particular by France 3, trams and buses will no longer run in the city center of the metropolis on December 14 from 9:30 p.m.

This decision was announced on December 12 by Semitan – in charge of organizing transport in Nantes – following a request from the drivers’ unions, more precisely after “a rant from the CFDT” according to 20 minutesas part of the implementation of a “match system”.

“In fact, this device reserved for demonstrations follows the concerns of certain drivers, worried about ensuring their safety and that of their passengers in the event of crowds in the city center”, underlines France 3. The CFDT would have justified its fears “ in view of the incidents that happened on the network following the last matches”, according to 20 Minutes, and would have reminded the employer that supporters had celebrated the victory of the Blues and Morocco, on December 10, by going up on a bus.

In the capital, nearly 2,000 police and gendarmes – against 1,200 on the evening of the quarter-finals – should be mobilized, according to the Parisian, as authorities expect to have to deal with larger crowds. According to the Paris prosecutor’s office, 91 people were arrested on the evening of December 10, after violent clashes on the Champs-Elysées involving some Moroccan supporters. Thousands of people had gathered on the famous Parisian avenue to celebrate the historic qualification of their national team in the semi-finals of the Football World Cup. Overflows had already taken place in several French cities, including Nice, but also in other European cities including Brussels, during previous victories for Morocco.



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