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The problems before the match were a fairly straightforward last-minute logistical cockup. A partial strike on the RER meant that most of the Liverpool fans came to the stadium via Ligne D rather than Ligne B. The plan was to redirect most of these fans to the main approach on the Avenue du Stade de France, but this plan wasn't carried out by the municipal police. The overwhelming number of fans at the secondary approach on Avenue du Président Wilson created several severe bottlenecks well before the fans actually reached the stadium gates.
By the time the situation became clear, there was no viable plan to redirect the crowd to alternative gates and it was primarily a case of preventing a dangerous stampede or crush. If we're being charitable, the problems broadly stem from the last-minute change of venue, UEFA's failure to fully appraise the suitability of the Stade de France and the bureaucratic complexities of France's multi-layered policing system.
As regards the trouble after the match, the Stade de France is in Saint-Denis, which is bandit country. There's nowhere in Britain that even begins to compare with the lawlessness and mayhem of the banlieues défavorisées. The police don't enforce the law there, they just try to stop the shit from spilling out. Liverpool Football Club failed to communicate this to their fans, but I'm not sure they would have fully appreciated the gravity of the situation.