French police identify seven Chelsea fans wanted for questioning in race case

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French police have given their British counterparts the images of seven suspects after a black man was pushed off a Paris metro train on Tuesday.

France - a tax haven for Euro 2016 and other top sports events


To support France's ultimately successful bid to host the Euro 2016 football tournament, ministers back in 2010 promised that the event's governing body UEFA would be exempt from all taxes on its profits. The current government decided to honour that pledge and enshrine it in budget legislation. But though the proposal met with opposition from many MPs in the National Assembly ministers then went even further and extended the exemption to other sports too. The result, reports Dan Israel, is that France has just become a tax haven for international sporting competitions.

French football rocked by Marseille bung probe and match-fixing arrests

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A total of 13 people, including the presidents of Marseille and Caen football clubs, were arrested Tuesday in separate corruption probes.

Former French Socialist Party boss caught up in football stadium fraud probe

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The former first secretary of the Socialist Party and one-time presidential hopeful Martine Aubry has recently made a return to national politics in France. In a series of media interventions the mayor of the northern city of Lille has made clear her dismay at the direction taken by François Hollande's socialist government. But Aubry's return to frontline politics could yet be overshadowed by a judicial investigation into how a false document was used to justify the award of a multi-million euro contract to build a major sports stadium in Lille that will feature in the Euro 2016 football tournament. Though the investigation was recently and unexpectedly closed, Mediapart can now reveal the existence of an embarrassing letter written by Martine Aubry that shows she passed on the fraudulent document to councillors. Geoffrey Livolsi reports.

Football fairytale comes to sad end for tiny French village

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Club from the village of Luzenac with just 650 people won promotion to the big-time - but official rules now mean the team will be disbanded.

Corinne Diacre, first woman to coach a professional French male football team

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The 40 year-old coach of Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot says she's not a feminist and would dearly like the media to ask her about football.

A 1982 clash revived as France and Germany meet in World Cup

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Challenge by German goalkeeper that broke French defender's jaw but went unpunished still raises anger and emotion in France 32 years later.

France’s Le Pen calls for end of dual nationality in Algeria World Cup row

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Far-right leader says disturbances in France after Algeria's win show immigration policy had 'failed' and that dual-nationals refuse to 'assimilate'.

Female football coach Helena Costa quits job at French club – on her first day

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Mystery surrounds the reasons why the Portuguese coach suddenly left her job at second division club Clermont Foot 63 in central France.

France football team 'attacked drone with balls'

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The France players, who won their World Cup opening match Sunday, kicked balls at a drone flying over them while training, goalkeeper says.

France manager Didier Deschamps takes Samir Nasri's girlfriend to court

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French football bosses also sue Anara Atanes who sent expletive-ridden tweet over omission of Nasri from France's World Cup squad.

French football club appoints female manager

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Portuguese Helena Costa, 36, is to take the helm at French Ligue 2 club Clermont Foot, which says it is entering a 'new era'.

France braced for football broadcasting rights battle

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Canal Plus and Qatar-owned Al Jazeera are poised to fight it out for right to broadcast Champions League football in France.

Zinedine Zidane's son chooses to play for France instead of Spain

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Real Madrid recruit Enzo Fernández, whose dual nationality makes him eligible to play for either country, is named in a France youth squad.

Football, more than just a game in Marseille

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Marseille is, of course, well-known in the football world for its glamorous club Olympique de Marseille - often simply called OM - with its galaxy of star names, its display cabinets stuffed full of trophies and its famous Vélodrome stadium which is being refurbished in time for the Euro 2016 tournament, largely with public money. But there is another, more diverse, side to football in Marseille, which has a total of 112 different clubs, 13,776 registered players and 60 stadia of varying size and condition. This is also the place where one of France's footballing greats Zinedine Zidane was born and honed his skills as a boy, a city where, in housing estates ravaged by poverty and drug-dealing, people play football for pleasure, to fit in, to make something of themselves or simply because there is nothing else to do. And as these striking images from French photographer Patrick Artinian show, people in Marseille are often forced to play football wherever they can find some space.