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‘A dream to play in England’: West Ham Women sign France defender Cissoko

23-year-old arrives from French top-division side SoyauxCissoko becomes West Ham’s fourth summer signingWest Ham have made their fourth signing ahead of the Women’s Super League season, with the France defender Hawa Cissoko arriving from thee Division …

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French Olympic hopeful climber Luce Douady, 16, dies after cliff fall

Douady seen as one of the sport’s brightest young talents French climbing federation expresses ‘immense sadness’ Teenage French climbing prodigy Luce Douady was killed on Sunday when she fell on a footpath in a climbing area in the French Alps, the Fre…

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Hugo Lloris: ‘We finished the season on our knees. You don’t have time to recover’

Goalkeeper stays in contact with Mauricio Pochettino and believes Spurs’ difficult season is due to exceeding potential in recent timesFew footballers do melancholy quite like Hugo Lloris. To him, the highs are but fleeting, including the ultimate one …

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French football fans who went to illegal match sought for Covid-19 testing

Match played in defiance of rules limiting public gatherings to maximum of 10 peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOfficials in Strasbourg have appealed for hundreds of spectators who attended an illegal football match at t…

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Lilian Thuram: ‘My classmates judged me because of my skin colour’

In a new book, the World Cup winner discusses growing up in France and the racism he encountered throughout his careerOne man in France’s 1998 World Cup-winning squad felt particularly affected by the sense of racial harmony that had descended on the …

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My favourite game: France v Brazil, 1998 World Cup final | Michael Hann

I don’t remember much about what took place at the Stade de France on 12 July but I remember most of what happened afterwards – it was epicIt would have been about five in the morning, Monday 13 July 1998. I was on a dodgem car in the Place de la Basti…

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My favourite game: France v Brazil, 1998 World Cup final | Michael Hann

I don’t remember much about what took place at the Stade de France on 12 July but I remember most of what happened afterwards – it was epicIt would have been about five in the morning, Monday 13 July 1998. I was on a dodgem car in the Place de la Basti…

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World Cup questions: what did Zidane’s head-butt in Berlin mean? | Barney Ronay

Using the Fifa archive we rewatch a series of memorable games in search of answers we didn’t find at the time“It was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness” – Albert Camus, the OutsiderThe World Cup final, France v Italy in Berlin’s …

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Brazil v France: World Cup 1986 quarter-final – live!

Relive a world Cup classic from GuadalajaraDig into our As It Happened archive hereAnd you can email Daniel or tweet @DanielHarris 7.18pm BST For those of you who’ve invented the internet already, you can watch along here: 7.12pm BST So Brazil are unch…

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Golden Goal: Jean-Pierre Papin for France v Belgium (1992)

Striker had an extraordinary ability to score from any distance and any angle but even by his standards this was magicalKarim Benzema has been publicly reflecting, let’s say, on France’s ability to win the World Cup with a “go-kart” of a striker, Olivi…

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Carlos’s 1986 World Cup foul and the value of rethinking our villains | Jonathan Wilson

For years I thought I hated a goalkeeper for denying Bruno Bellone and it seemed a black-and-white case. Until I met himFootball can give you completely the wrong idea about people. One incident in one match can skew the perception. For years I thought…

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August Tour de France ‘recipe for disaster’, public health expert warns

Chair of Global Public Health says race should be cancelled‘The virus is here to stay and will come back’Devi Sridhar, the chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh and also a key adviser to the Scottish government on the Covid-19 pa…

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Paul Pogba: ‘I don’t even know who Graeme Souness is, really’

Manchester United midfielder ignores pundits’ criticism‘I’m not someone that looks always at Sky Sports News’The Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has claimed he did not know who his long-term critic Graeme Souness was.Souness, in his role as a S…

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The forgotten story of … when Charlton played France and won 5-2

A 1937 rush to Paris as last-minute stand-ins for fascist-era Italy led to a remarkable victory, a day after beating HuddersfieldThe story of what is surely Charlton Athletic’s most unusual fixture started without them, in Vienna in March 1937, when a …

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Man runs marathon on seven-metre balcony during French lockdown – video report

In the age of Covid-19 confinement, Elisha Nochomovitz has figured out a way to keep occupied by running a marathon on his balcony. Nochomovitz ran 42.2km (26.2 miles) back and forth, never leaving his seven-metre-long (23 feet) balcony. Nochomovitz wa…

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PSG players celebrate with fans kept out of match due to coronavirus fears – video

Paris Saint-Germain players celebrated their Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund with thousands of their fans who had been locked out of match in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.PSG beat the German club 2-0 on the night and …

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French ice skating president resigns over sexual abuse scandal

Long-serving head denies protecting coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by figure skatersThe long-serving head of France’s skating federation has resigned amid suspicions that he covered up for a coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by former figu…

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Does Fifa Ultimate Team risk turning players into gambling addicts? | Tom Usher

A French lawsuit filed against EA argues that the video game’s controversial card packs should be classified as gamblingMy mum doesn’t know it, but she’s actually incredibly lucky she didn’t have me 10 years later. First because she would’ve been well …

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Kylian Mbappé takes aim at hitting his most creative target yet | Paul Doyle

France superstar stays grounded amid glamour and launches project to change the lives of 98 young ParisiansLast week, to a soundtrack of Michael Jackson’s Heal The World, Kylian Mbappé walked on to a stage in a Paris hotel to unveil his new charity cal…

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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…