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a tour of Europe in a new balloon and under surveillance

Dreamed by Michel Platini, shaken by the health crisis, the European Championship with eleven host countries begins this Friday. With a year of delay and in a context of tenacious fragility.

A year and a half ago – an eternity in the light of these upset times – the draw for the Euro gave birth to a promising and electric opening match between Italy and Turkey. If the poster retains its brilliance, the atmosphere will have largely lost in incandescence this Friday in Rome (9 p.m.) where only 16,000 spectators will fill the stands of an Olympic stadium that can accommodate four times as many. But, in the Eternal City as in Baku, Copenhagen, Saint Petersburg and all the host cities of this European Championship in an unprecedented format, the essential is elsewhere. The continental tournament, which had not withstood the first wave of the global epidemic in the spring of 2020, will take place this time (June 11-July 11). One year late, one country less (Ireland) and in more or less well-stocked enclosures depending on the health situation of the territories concerned.

At a time of limited gauges, barrier gestures and journeys transformed into an obstacle course,

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