Keyword: football

France's World Cup win and the glories of immigration

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik argues that 'the French team, now the finest in the world’s most popular sport, is entirely dependent for its greatness on immigration, on the extraordinary things that only a cosmopolitan civilization can achieve'.

France lift second World Cup title in 4-2 victory over brave Croatia

In the final of the football World Cup tournament held this summer in Russia, a largely young France team brimming with individual talent beat a hard-fighting but unlucky Crotia by four goals to two in a highly entertaining match marked by questionable refereeing decisions. 

At least 25 hurt as football stadium barrier collapses in France

Incident happened at stadium in Amiens in northern France during Ligue 1 match between Amiens and Lille as away fans celebrated a goal.

French football league backs Neymar's €222m transfer to PSG in Paris

Frace's PLP says it 'does not understand' the decision by La Liga to hold up Barcelona star's record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

US businessman set to buy Marseille football club

Frank McCourt, former owner of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, described the French club as 'one of the most iconic brands in all sports'.

Euro 2016 win would boost French morale, says Hollande

French president said sporting victories give a nation a feeling it can succeed in other areas such as the economy, culture, politics and diplomacy.

Twenty Russia supporters deported from France - but plan to return

Fans were put on flight from Nice to Moscow but say they will come back for Russia-Wales match because their visas have not been cancelled.

Russia team given Euro 2016 'suspended disqualification', fans detained

UEFA also fined the team 150,000 euros for rioting during match against England in Marseille, while Russian fans' coach was intercepted in Cannes.

More violent clashes in Marseille before England-Russia football match

French media reported three England fans were seriously injured in fierce fighting between English and Russian groups and locals.

French football boss to sue Eric Cantona over race bias claim

Former football star suggested Didier Deschamps may have left Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema out of Euro 2016 squad on racial grounds.

France extends state of emergency to cover Euro 2016 football tournament

It is the third time the state of emergency, which will also cover the Tour de France, has been extended since the November 13 attacks on Paris.

Euro 2016: France to declare no-fly zones and deploy anti-drone technology

French authorities have reportedly trained for the possibility of drones being used to disperse chemical or biological weapons over crowds.

Muslim footballers on French Riviera 'banned' from praying on pitch

Football authorities on the Riviera have introduced a 'secularism charter' that bans clubs on Côte d'Azur from bringing religion into the game.

France to extend state of emergency to Euro 2016 soccer tournament

Prime minister Manuel Valls said it was necessary to extend emergency powers for two months as France prepares to host football tournament.

Brussels attacks: France confident of fan safety at Euro 2016

After Belgium bombs, French minister says everything will be put in place to guarantee 'collective security' at summer football tournament.