France and Romania kick off the tournament in Saint-Denis on Friday night

France’s opening ceremony is set to kick-start Euro 2016 in style as the nation prepares to welcome 23 other countries to do battle for the right to be crowned champions of Europe.

Paris alone will have a security force of at least 13,000 to patrol two zones and two stadiums, with the country’s state of emergency allowing police extra powers to conduct searches and put people under house arrest.

More than 90,000 police, soldiers and private guards will be deployed at the tournament, with seven million fans expected to visit the 10 host venues.

The US and British governments have both warned fans they could be at risk.

But organisers UEFA and French authorities insist they have done everything possible to keep the 2.5 million spectators expected at the 51 matches safe.

Paris alone will have a security force of at least 13,000 to patrol two zones and two stadiums, with the country’s state of emergency allowing police extra powers to conduct searches and put people under house arrest.

The European Championship enters a new era on 10 June as the tournament kicks off in Paris with an expanded 24-team format. Bigger than ever, the four-week feast of football promises to elevate the game above the corruption scandals and security fears that have overshadowed its build-up.

All eyes will be on hosts France when they get the ball rolling against Romania in the Stade de France — 210 days after suicide bombers at the same venue triggered a night of horror across the capital which killed 130 people.

The UEFA European Championship has long been second only to the World Cup in popularity and revenue. But this year, it is bigger and better.

With 24 teams playing 51 matches at 10 stadiums in 30 days, Euro 2016 will be the biggest in the tournament’s history, with more teams, more games and more host cities.

Euro 2016 introduces new format of Football Tournament

The 24 teams are divided into six groups — with the top two advancing to the round of 16 along with four best third-place finishers.

The new format gives a golden chance to theoretical outsiders. At the same time, it grants some leeway to the favourites, who can afford a stumble in the group round.

Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales are making their debuts this year at Euro 2016, bringing a freshness that is badly needed on the international stage.

Euro 2016 fixtures

Euro 2016 fixtures