Arrests because of possession of drugs, pyrotechnics, public intoxication, violence against police Sudpresse reported on Tuesday (19 Juli) that 28 Belgian fans were arrested in France during the European Football Championship. The figures were given by interior minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) in a reply to member of parliament Katja Gabriëls (Open VLD ).
“From the start of the European Championship on 30 June, 28 Belgian nationals were arrested in France, including 26 in cities where the Belgian team was not playing and therefore our police wasn’t present there,” said the minister.
Four arrests were related to violence against a police officer in Lille (a Belgian has been sentenced), eleven arrests in Lens for possession of pyrotechnics and two for possession of narcotics.
Many Belgians were arrested for drug possession and public intoxication in Nice and Lens.
Finally, near the Stade de France, four Belgians were arrested for receiving stolen tickets and one for possession of narcotics.