The game was tied for most of the second half, but late addition, Dimitri Payet managed to score a dramatic goal in the 89th minute to secure France a victory in its opening game hosting this year's European Championships.
The Netherlands, finalists in 2010, will not be at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, despite a 2-0 win over Sweden on the night. France booked a ticket, while European champions Portugal scraped in at Switzerland's expense.
Emmanuel Macron is on a campaign to curtail the export of cheap labor to western Europe. But as the French president takes his tour east, he is running into a less receptive audience.
The wait is almost over. The first-ever 24-team European football championships will get underway this evening as hosts France face Romania. Here's what to expect from this proverbial David v Goliath clash.
Over 80,000 people attended a concert under the Eiffel Tower, as France opened a massive fan zone ahead of the European Championship. With crowds pouring to Paris, organizers worry about strikes and security.
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