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France welcomes Euro 2016

As France gets ready to welcome throngs of football fans for Euro 2016, we look at what to do and what to see in a few of the host cities when you're not watching 'le match'
Allez les Bleus!
Allez les Bleus! Photo: Shutterstock


It's all about Europe this summer. As the UK ponders whether it should stay or leave the EU, across the channel the French are poised to host the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. As the 24 teams prepare to battle it out on the pitch, we take a look at some of the host cities, with a lowdown on what to do and see when the beautiful game isn't on.

The tournament kicks off in Paris and so do we with a local's guide to the French capital filled with top tips and hidden gems. We then move north to Lille and then south to gastronomic Lyon, spruced-up Marseille and end our 'petit' tour in sophisticated Nice.

Discover how to see Paris like a true local and the ultimate things to do and see on a trip to the French capital. If food gets you going, don't miss where and what to eat in the cities of Marseille and Lyon. Warning: avoid both blogs on an empty stomach! From dancing to dinner, we finish off with how to spend the perfect day in Lille.


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