Euro 2016 fan zone security test to include attack simulation

French authorities will simulate a terrorist attack on a fan zone later this month as part of their preparations for the 2016 European Championship.

Security is a major focus ahead of this summer's tournament following the November terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

France's friendly with Germany at the Stade de France was one of the venues targeted by suicide bombers on Nov. 13.

In the aftermath there were initially some doubts about whether fan zones, where supporters would be able to follow matches on big screens, could go ahead as planned for Euro 2016.

However French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that security would be increased for those areas in the 10 host cities.

French secretary of state for sport Thierry Braillard later said fan zones would be an "essential" part of the tournament, which will take place in France from June 10 until July 10.

On Monday, Cazeneuve announced that law enforcement officials will stage a terrorist attack on a fan zone in Nimes on March 17.

"I will gather the heads of security and emergency services of the 16 major urban areas and the Euro 2016 host cities to discuss the stakes post [2015] attacks and the adaptation of operational procedures," Cazeneuve told a parliamentary committee.