Keyword: World Cup

French diplomat rows with TV host over 'Africa won World Cup' claim

After France's ambassador to Washington, Gérard Araud, wrote a letter of protest to US-based TV comedian Trevor Noah over his claim that because of the black players in France's football team 'Africa won the World Cup', Noah, a black South African, has publicly replied 'I am not saying it as a way to exclude them from their Frenchness, but using it as a way to include them in my Africanness'.

Paris police probe into World Cup celebrations sex assault reports

After numerous reports by women on social media of how they fell victim to groping and forced kisses during mass street partying to celebrate France's World Cup victory on Sunday, Paris police authorities have urged victims to file complaints.

 

The lessons from the past as France celebrates its football champions

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A man celebrates France's victory in the World Cup on Sunday in the Goutte d'Or neighbourhood of Paris. © Rachida El Azzouzi A man celebrates France's victory in the World Cup on Sunday in the Goutte d'Or neighbourhood of Paris. © Rachida El Azzouzi

After winning the football World Cup tournament in Russia, France’s national football team arrived home on Monday, when rejoicing crowds turned out to applaud them riding a double-decker bus along the Champs-Elysées avenue in central Paris, before a reception at the presidential palace. Since France’s victory over Croatia in the final on Sunday, streets across the country have been swamped in a flag-waving, car-horn blazing party of multi-coloured jubilation. But, warns Mediapart political commentator Hubert Huertas, while this temporary moment of collective joy is one to embrace, it heralds no change for the country’s underlining social, political and economic problems.

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'.

Paris streets overflow as vast crowds celebrate World Cup win

Mirroring scenes in towns and cities across the France, the Champs-Elysées avenue and other thoroughfares in central Paris were filled on Sunday evening by tens of thousands of jubilant and chanting supporters of the national football team after its victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow.

Paris on security alert ahead of Bastille Day and World Cup crowds

Exceptional security measures are in place around the French capital to deal with a potential terrorism threat as vast crowds are expected to turn out for Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday and at fan zone sites for watching the football World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday.

FIFA boss say French and German leaders tried to 'influence' World Cup votes

Sepp Blatter says both French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German president intervened, leading to World Cup being staged in Qatar.

The other side of the World Cup in Brazil

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

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

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

Jubilation and arrests on France’s streets as Algeria progress in World Cup

Algerians in France celebrated their team's achievement in reaching knockout stages; there were 74 arrests as some fans clashed with police.

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

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

French media stars honour crazy pledges after unlikely football win

Celebrities promised pranks ranging from stripping off to presenting a TV show in English if France qualified for the World Cup - and they did.

French football team fights back for World Cup qualification

France's national football team beat Ukraine in an unlikely turnaround in a two-match fight for a place in the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

France staring at Brazil World Cup qualification failure after loss to Ukraine

A 2-0 defeat in Kiev means France will need stunning performance in Tuesday's return leg in Paris to avoid missing first World Cup since 1994.