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Swell news for Tahiti as Paris opts to host Olympic surfing 10,000 miles away

Organisers criticised over environmental impact as site is thousands of miles from host cityThe organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have chosen Tahiti as the site for surfing events, arguing that the waves are more dependable than the French coast, d…

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‘You can feel this surge’: how France has caught Women’s World Cup fever

Whether at the stadiums or in front of the television, enthusiasm for the host team is exceeding expectationsFrance has seen a huge surge in enthusiasm for women’s football, with TV viewing figures for the World Cup double what was predicted, national-…

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France team celebrate World Cup win with Paris victory parade

Open-top bus travels down Champs-Élysées as hundreds of thousands cheer squad onFrance’s young, World Cup-winning football team have staged a victorious home-coming parade in an open-top bus down the Champs Élysées as hundreds of thousands of supporter…

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Paris celebrates World Cup win as one million fans fill Champs-Élysées

Supporters with tears in their eyes express ‘total love’ for young, diverse French squad Tens of thousands of supporters wrapped in red, white and blue flags and singing the French national anthem have poured on to the Champs-Élysées in Paris to celebr…

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Chelsea football fans convicted of racist violence in Paris

Four men given suspended prison sentences and ordered to pay €10,000 to black commuter pushed off Métro carriage

Four Chelsea football fans have been convicted of racist violence and given suspended prison sentences after a black commuter was pushed off a Paris Métro carriage in Paris while fans chanted: “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”

The incident in February 2015 before a game between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain was filmed by a British man, Paul Nolan, and the footage was published by the Guardian. It sparked an outcry over racism in sport, with politicians and the then French and British prime ministers condemning the attack.

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Four Chelsea fans to go on trial over Paris Métro racism

Paris trial over February 2015 incident in which black commuter was allegedly racially abused is expected to last one day

Four Chelsea football fans will go on trial in Paris on Tuesday charged with racist violence after a black commuter was pushed off a Métro carriage by a group of football supporters chanting: “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”

The incident in February 2015 before a match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain was filmed by a British man, Paul Nolan, and the footage published by the Guardian sparked an outcry over racism in sport.

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French strikes threaten to blight start of Euro 2016

Rubbish piles up on Paris and Marseille streets as industrial action continues the day before football tournament starts

The French government is struggling to end ongoing transport and rubbish collection strikes that threaten to blight the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament on Friday.

Bins were overflowing and rubbish piled up along pavements in half of Paris neighbourhoods and in the southern port city of Marseille on Thursday after several days of rolling strikes at treatment plants that form part of the hardline CGT union’s protests against the government’s proposals to loosen France’s rigid labour protections.

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Euro 2016 creates huge security headache for French police

As if state of emergency and ongoing terror fears in France were not enough, units also on alert for perennial fear for any football tournament – hooliganism

Fans were leaving Lyon’s football stadium after a mock Northern Ireland-Ukraine match, when two fake suicide-bombers pretended to blow themselves up in the crowd. Volunteers posing as fans played dead, dozens more were injured, and the crowd panicked and charged. Police rushed to secure the area while paramedics treated victims oozing fake blood.

This simulated disaster scene last week was one of at least 30 doomsday scenarios staged by police and emergency services across France in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football tournament, which begins on 10 June. As France prepares to host more than 2.5 million ticketholders and millions more fans across 10 cities in one of Europe’s biggest events, the government is planning the heaviest sports security operation in recent history.

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Chelsea fans in Paris for PSG game may get special welcome to avoid tensions

• Paris authorities consider plans from anti-racism groups after Métro incident
• Man pushed off train last year keen to join Gare du Nord welcome committee

French anti-racism and anti-hooliganism groups have warned that measures should be taken to prevent tensions in Paris as Chelsea football fans arrive for a Champions League match next week, one year after a racist incident by fans on the Paris Métro.

Related: Laurent Blanc signs two-year contract extension at PSG

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Chelsea fans’ Paris Métro victim: what happened has left me really afraid

In an interview in Paris, Souleymane recalls his shock at his treatment during his evening commute and says it is important that the injustice has been publicised

On Tuesday night, Souleymane, 33, a smartly dressed French sales manager and father of three, was just another tired Paris Métro commuter desperate to get home for his dinner. But now, three days later, amid international outrage after he was filmed being pushed off a train by a crowd of Chelsea fans shouting racist chants, he sat shocked and saddened in his lawyer’s Left Bank office, marvelling at how he had suddenly become the face of Europe’s horror at shameless racism.

Dressed in his usual sharp suit and tie and the same designer duffel coat he was wearing that night, he arrived late to meet the Guardian, as he was so shaken by the Chelsea fans who wouldn’t let him board a train because he was black that he now felt afraid to take public transport. Instead he had been sitting in traffic in his car. “What happened has left me really afraid,” he said.

Related: Racists in Paris present depressing image of Chelsea, football and Britain | David Conn

Related: Why I filmed Chelsea fans on the Paris Métro

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Victim of racist Chelsea fans wants them ‘found, punished and locked up’

Paris resident Souleymane S makes police complaint after being shown a video of incident by French newspaper Le Parisien Continue reading…