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French security chief: Strikes won't threaten sports events

PARIS (AP) Violent labor protests and strikes causing gasoline shortages won't jeopardize the upcoming European Championship or other sporting events, France's interior minister said Wednesday.

About 1,500 people have been detained in recent weeks and hundreds of police officers have been injured while breaking up protests and dislodging protesters from fuel depots.

The tensions and fuel panic have added to concern about security for Euro 2016, already facing what Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called the double menace of violent Islamic extremism and hooliganism.

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