France reveals stadium shortlist

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France's minister of development, Patrick Devedjian, has revealed the shortlist of 12 potential host stadia for the country's tilt at UEFA EURO 2016.

France is in the running to stage the tournament along with Italy and Turkey, while Sweden and Norway have tabled a joint bid. The announcement of the venues comes after French Football Federation (FFF) president Jean–Pierre Escalettes and Frederic Thiriez, the president of the French Football League (LFP), visited a number of cities in May and early June. Aside from the Stade de France and Parc des Princes in Paris, venues in Lille, Nice, Strasbourg and Lyon would be built ahead of the tournament, whilst further stadia in Lens, Marseille, Nancy and Saint–Etienne would be redeveloped for the event. Stadia at Bordeaux, Nantes, Rennes and Toulouse, have been named as back–up venues for EURO 2016. Financing for many of the venue developments has not yet been secured. The FFF will deliver its official candidacy file on 15 February, 2010, and UEFA will announce the host country on 27 May 2010. According to Devedjian, UEFA will insist that all of the 2016 venues are operational by the end of 2014. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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