After 70 arrests due to violence and looting last Thursday night, several of the European nation's cities have taken steps to prevent a reoccurence after Les Fennecs meet GermanySeveral major French cities have taken preventative measures in an attempt to thwart potential racial violence after Monday’s World Cup fixtures.
France meet Nigeria in the early kick-off before Germany face Algeria in the day’s other last-16 encounter.
As many French cities have a large proportion of citizens of Algerian heritage, there is concern that fans may clash, particularly after incidents in Nice when fans of the North African side were involved in scattered outbreaks of violence after their side qualified for the knockout stages for the first time.
In total, over 70 people across the country were arrested for looting or violence across France last Thursday night following the historic success over Bosnia.
Indeed, Nice has taken significant action to prevent further problems, with a ban on “ostentatious display of foreign flags” put into force by mayor Christian Ettori.
“Since the start of the World Cup we have sadly seen intolerable behaviour that severely disrupts public peace,” he said.
In Paris, meanwhile, there will be a public screening of France’s encounter with Nigeria but not the later kick-off on the advice of city police.
Authorities even opposed showing Les Bleus’ match after trouble caused by Paris Saint-Germain fans during their trophy presentation in 2013, but they were ultimately made to relent.
Algeria fans had clashed with police on the city’s famous Champs-Elysees after the win over Bosnia, while there were also reports of problems in both Lyon and Marseille.
These incidents have sparked a broad political debate in the country, with Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right Front National party, taking the opportunity to claim dual citizenships should be revoked.
Meanwhile, Karim Benzema, a striker of Algerian descent, is set to lead the line for France when they meet Nigeria.