An enthusiastic Marseille fan waves en route to the football match Sunday with Paris St. Germain at Parc des Princes, Paris.
Police prepare to meet football fans off the bus from Marseille. A fierce rivalry between the teams representing France's two largest cities often erupts in fistfights, hence the police's aim to keep Marseille and Paris fans separated.
After getting off the bus from Marseille, fans singing and waving flags are kept behind barricades, awaiting police escort to the stadium at Parc des Princes.
Ticket holders to the Paris SG-Marseille match are completely surrounded by French CRS police wearing protective riot gear, as well as several gendarmerie on horseback.
Marseille supporters walk to Parc des Princes to await kickoff.
Enthusiastic Marseille fans were ultimately disappointed with a 1-1 draw. David and I are not football fans, although I do admire David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. But Parc des Princes is a 15-minute walk from our apartment and David was out experimenting with his new digital camera. The football stadium is opposite Stade Jean Bouin, home of the Stade Francais rugby team. The 2007 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Paris Friday night, with France vs. Argentina.
Photos by David Holmes