Keyword: football

Zinedine Zidane: Ex-France international helps wife's team

Star agrees to invest in Fourth Division Rodez Aveyron in south-west France where the family of his wife Veronique Fernandez-Lentisco live.

Confused Indonesia police arrest 17 over French flag

Officers arrested 17 local supporters of France's football team after mistaking their hoisted French flag for a bold separatist statement.

No supertax exemption for French soccer clubs says government

Prime minister's office denies reports that football clubs would avoid revamped 75-percent supertax on salaries above 1 million euros.

France international under suspicion of soliciting underage prostitute

French football braced for another possible child prostitution scandal after it emerged that an international player was under suspicion.

Beckham joins French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain

British football star David Beckham has joined French club Paris Saint-Germain, promising to donate his earnings to a local childrens' charity.

New France coach to reign with iron fist

Didier Deschamps says he will not tolerate the bad behaviour which has marred the national football team's last two major tournaments.

Charity asks French football players to hand over bonuses

Homeless group charity in Lyon has asked the French Euro 2012 squad give up their bonuses for a worthy cause.

Laurent Blanc steps down as French football manager

France looking for a new coach after Blanc turned down a new contract offer -World Cup-winning captain Didier Deschamps is favourite for job.

French cabinet to boycott Euro 2012 in Ukraine

France's sport minister announces football tournament protest over the treatment of jailed opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko in the Ukraine.

Can David and Victoria Beckham pass the Paris test?

British football star David Beckham is expected to join Paris St-Germain and, writes Agnès Poirier, it's set the French capital abuzz with existentialist questions.

Joe Cole loving life in France and 'blinding' frogs' legs

British footballer Joe Cole, on loan at French Ligue 1 club Lille from Liverpool, tells BBC he is enjoying life in France, and notably frogs' legs.

Cantona led French to Old Trafford, says Evra

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra praised former United star Eric Cantona for "opening the door" to French players at Old Trafford.

French Football Federation boss ousted

Scandal-rocked French Football Federation boss Fernand Duchaussoy was this weekend replaced by Noel Le Graet.

Sports minister opens enquiry into French football ethnic quota revelations


French sports minister Chantal Jouanno has announced a ministerial enquiry into Mediapart's exclusive revelations that members of the National Technical Board of the French Football Federation secretly planned ethnic quotas for training academies in order to reduce the number of young black and Arab players selected for the national teams.