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FRANCE( Web Desk) – As many as 82 workers out of 3500 deployed to bolster the security of EURO 2016 are on French terror watch lists as by definition, they either belong to a terror group or have a background of ‘questionable behavior or extreme beliefs on either the left or right’, according to a report.

The report instilled fears among the people as authorities fear the possibility of ISIS terror attack at Euro 2016.

European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol director Rob Wainwright said last week he had ‘no doubt’ the football tournament would be a target for the terror group.

The U.S. State Department had earlier issued a travel alert to Americans, in particular, singling out the tournament, which is being held in France from June 10 to July 10.

Euro 2016 will take place amid a nervous atmosphere. Just last year, 130 people were killed when terrorists launched co-ordinated attacks on the French capital Paris.

French authorities have extended a state of emergency until the end of the tournament, as well as the Tour de France cycling race, which will be held from July 2 to July 24. Some 2.5 million football fans are expected in stadiums, including 1.5 million foreign visitors.

French President Francois Hollande said that the threat of extremism would not stop the European Championships from being successful. He maintained that a 90,000 strong security force would ensure safety during the matches.