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      Irrepressible Kanté bringing out the best in all those around him for France

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 07:00

    As Didier Deschamps knew, the midfielder’s move to the Saudi Pro League has not diminished his powers

    N’Golo Kanté took the stage for a second time in four days and, having offered another blast from the past, sounded a quietly confident note about France’s future.

    Perhaps anyone lending a curious ear from rival camps may even have termed it ominous. “I think we had a good feeling,” he said, echoing those who felt their goalless draw against the Netherlands was hardly a ­borefest. “I thought the performance was good. We’re disappointed not to have won but I think it’s looking good for what is to come.”

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      ‘Mother of all battles’: French left join forces to beat far-right electoral threat

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 06:00

    The Socialists, Greens and Communists have put aside their differences to form a ‘New Popular Front’

    The posters strung across the street in Montreuil, east of Paris, were still fluttering in the breeze days after the stage, the microphones and the politicians at the launch of France’s newest political force had gone.

    Here, out of the smouldering ashes of the country’s bickering left, a coalition had risen to take on the far right.

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      French football v the far right: how Mbappé and Les Blues stood up to extremism

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 16:00

    Kylian Mbappé and Marcus Thuram enraged sections of the press when they denounced extremists in France’s election. Other famous French footballers have been there before

    The Euro 2024 tournament began explosively for Kylian Mbappé – the France striker and one of the best and highest-paid footballers in the world – but not necessarily the way he wanted. His week kicked off controversially last Sunday when, responding to a question about the political situation in France at a pre-match press conference, he said the public should avoid voting for “extremes” in the coming French elections.

    “I want to be proud to represent France,” he said. “I don’t want to represent a country that doesn’t correspond to my values, or our values. People say don’t mix football and politics but here we are talking about a situation that’s really important, more important than the game. The situation in our country is dire and we need to act.”

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      The French rose from Manchester: in search of Proust’s forgotten muse

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 15:00

    The poignant story of the Englishwoman Marie Nordlinger is told in a new book about her life with the writer

    In December 1896, Marcel Proust was introduced to a captivating young Englishwoman in Paris.

    Marie Nordlinger was 20 – five years younger than the author, who nicknamed her the “French rose from Manchester” – and would become his confidante and muse for the next decade as he wrote his finest work.

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      Liberté, égalité, Mbappé! Footballer fights France’s extremists

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 15:00 · 1 minute

    Just as sanity looks like returning in Britain, the French are tearing each other apart; can the masked hero Kylian Mbappé save the day?

    Following the UK’s election campaign feels soothing for a French political observer. The sight of Britain recovering its senses after years of shambles is a joy like no other; like seeing a dear friend turning a corner after a really bad patch. Meanwhile, France, in a sudden fit of rage, decided to overturn the table. The president dissolved parliament, but it is as if he had dissolved the whole country. And, in return, French voters are playing with the suicidal idea of giving him either a far-right or a far-left majority in the national assembly.

    Many voters have already warned that, if confronted with such a stark choice in the second round, they will simply refuse to choose between the xenophobic far-right or the antisemitic far-left alliance, both Putin admirers. While French artists have been eerily silent during this snap campaign, ducking down, refusing to take sides, one man, Kylian Mbappé, rose to the challenge and asked his compatriots not only to vote but to fight the extremes . Asked whether he made any distinctions between the far right and far left, he replied that, non , they were the same to him. “Their ideas are divisive. I’m for ideas that unite.” Liberté, égalité, Mbappé! A few hours later, he was breaking his nose on the pitch; he has since reappeared as a superhero with a tricolour protective mask.

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      From Rabiot to Thuram: France’s draw with the Dutch shows all is not well

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 11:28

    The 0-0 draw against the Netherlands showed that life without Mbappé is harder than Deschamps makes out

    By Eric Devin for Get French Football News

    In the absence of Kylian Mbappé, Didier Deschamps opted for a typically conservative approach in the 0-0 draw against the Netherlands . While France’s defence thrived, their (very few) attacking elements looked lost and inefficacious.

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      France stall against Netherlands and Austria on the up – Football Daily

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 23:54

    Robyn Cowen is joined by Barry Glendenning , Philippe Auclair , Ali Maxwell , and Jonathan Wilson to discuss the latest matches

    Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts , Soundcloud , Audioboom , Mixcloud , Acast and Stitcher , and join the conversation on Facebook , Twitter and email .

    On today’s podcast: France and the Netherlands serve up the first goalless draw of the Euros, as a VAR decision denies Barry’s favourite, Xavi Simons, what would have the winning goal. The panel discuss that decision and Poland’s early exit, confirmed by events in Leipzig after a very exciting Austria swept them aside earlier in Berlin.

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      Netherlands have to settle for draw with France after VAR rules out Simons strike

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 21:01

    Kylian Mbappé sat proceedings out with his broken nose and France, positive but achingly profligate, showed how much they will need him back. The first goalless draw in this European Championship was not short of scoring opportunities and it must concern Didier Deschamps that, without his talisman, the favourites were ultimately blunt. They could even have lost to a bright Netherlands team if the largely English team of officials had not, via a VAR check extending for more than two and a half minutes, disallowed a potential winner from Xavi Simons in what was a wafer-thin call.

    France knew there was little to be gained in risking Mbappé from the start, particularly in a format that serves up little jeopardy for the big hitters. Protective tricolore mask or not, a stray elbow to the face could bring potentially catastrophic consequences for their summer and that of the tournament’s biggest star. Mbappé had not engaged in contact training since departing the Austria game late on and the gamble of pitching him straight into what, on paper, was the group stage’s showpiece game was simply not on.

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      Netherlands v France: Euro 2024 buildup

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 17:52

    Will Mbappé play? We’ll know the lineups in 10 minutes or so.

    It’s all distinctly reminiscent of Antoine Dupont at the Rugby World Cup:

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