Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has announced that fans of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be given the Medal of the City of Paris.

Northern Ireland's narrow defeats to both Germany and Wales came in France's capital, but the fans were widely praised for their excellent behaviour in the city which was appreciated by both the locals and fans of rival sides.

The award comes due to the 'exemplary attitude, fair play, enthusiasm and good humour' of the Green and White Army.

The medal to be received is the Grand Vermail - regarded as the most prestigious honour in the city.

"Fans have an essential role in the success of this formidable sporting event" and thus "fans of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be distinguished by their exemplary attitude, fair play, enthusiasm and good humour," said the mayor in a statement.

According to Hidalgo, the fans of both Irish teams "contributed to a festival atmosphere in Paris and are an example to fans worldwide."

Deputy mayor of Paris, Jean François Martins, also praised the fans.

"As evidenced by the many videos circulating on social networks, Parisians have particularly appreciated meeting and accommodating the fans, and sharing with them moments of joy that are essential in a great sporting event," said the deputy mayor.

The award will take official effect on Monday, when the mayor will write to the Northern Irish assembly to notify them directly.