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France’s intelligence agency forewarns of violence after France-Morocco FIFA Cup match

An important intelligence agency of France has forewarned the government and people of riots after the World Cup semifinal match between France and Morocco in Qatar at 12 am on Thursday.

According to a memo reported by radio station Europe 1 on Wednesday, the Direction Generale de la Securite Interieure (DGSI) feared that the presence of ultra-rightists on the streets could add to the chaos soon after semi-final match between France and Morocco in Qatar.

On social media, several neo-Nazi accounts reportedly spoke of a “civil confrontation between the two nations,” TRT World reported today, a few hours ahead of this crucial match.

According to Europe 1, in Strasbourg, several dozen members of the “Strasbourg Offender,” a hooligan group made up of neo-Nazis, Identitarians and ultra-nationalists were said to be planning to take to the streets of the city centre after the match to “patrol” and “restore order.”

The radio station quotes an unnamed source from the security authorities as saying, “It’s not possible (to expect) that there won’t be any incidents.”

Europe 1 also quoted the DGSI as saying: “The unprecedented path (Morocco) is triggering unprecedented enthusiasm.” Courtesy: TRT World

Javed Mahmood
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