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Deschamps to sue Cantona over racial discrimination slur

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps will sue Eric Cantona for slander after the Manchester United legend accused his former international and club teammate of racial discrimination in his choice of players for Euro 2016, his lawyer said on Friday.

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

Deschamps to sue Cantona over racial discrimination slur

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps will sue Eric Cantona for slander after the Manchester United legend accused his former international and club teammate of racial discrimination in his choice of players for Euro 2016, his lawyer said on Friday.

Cantona told British daily The Guardian on Thursday that Deschamps had snubbed Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa because of their "north African origins".

Favre takes over at Nice after Puel resigns

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Nice (France) (AFP) Switzerland's Lucien Favre was named coach of Ligue 1 outfit Nice on Tuesday after the resignation of the highly-respected Claude Puel.

Favre, 58, has been out of work since being sacked by Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach in September, but was set to sign a three-year contract with Nice, according to sources.

Favre takes over at Nice after Puel resigns

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Nice (France) (AFP) Switzerland's Lucien Favre was named coach of Ligue 1 outfit Nice on Tuesday after the resignation of the highly-respected Claude Puel.

Favre, 58, has been out of work since being sacked by Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach in September, but was set to sign a three-year contract with Nice, according to sources.

Stade de France security ‘failures’ will be fixed before Euros: minister

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Paris (AFP) France's interior minister promised Monday that security "failures" at the Stade de France in Paris would be put right before Euro 2016 after problems at the national Cup final at the weekend.

Bernard Cazeneuve said "the movement of spectators" would be improved and searches would be increased after police were overwhelmed by a surging crowd on Saturday as fans tried to pass through a new stadium security fence during the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.

Stade de France security ‘failures’ will be fixed before Euros: minister

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Paris (AFP) France's interior minister promised Monday that security "failures" at the Stade de France in Paris would be put right before Euro 2016 after problems at the national Cup final at the weekend.

Bernard Cazeneuve said "the movement of spectators" would be improved and searches would be increased after police were overwhelmed by a surging crowd on Saturday as fans tried to pass through a new stadium security fence during the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.

France extends post-attacks state of emergency for Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) The French parliament on Thursday extended the post-attacks state of emergency to cover this summer's Euro 2016 football tournament and the Tour de France cycling race.

It is the third time the state of emergency has been extended since the November 13 jihadist attacks on Paris, drawing criticism from rights campaigners.

Ribery not interested in France return

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Berlin (AFP) Franck Ribery has said he has no intention of playing for France again, according to an interview he gave to Sport Bild.

"I have no desire whatsoever to play for France any more," said the 33-year-old Bayern Munich winger.

"I closed this chapter with the announcement of my retirement in 2014.

Ribery not interested in France return

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Berlin (AFP) Franck Ribery has said he has no intention of playing for France again, according to an interview he gave to Sport Bild.

"I have no desire whatsoever to play for France any more," said the 33-year-old Bayern Munich winger.

"I closed this chapter with the announcement of my retirement in 2014.

EURO 2016

France to deploy 90,000 security for Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France said Wednesday it will deploy more than 90,000 police and security guards for Euro 2016, vowing to do "everything possible to avoid a terrorist attack" during the football tournament that starts next month.

The announcement followed chaos on Saturday at the Stade de France national stadium when smoke bombs were set off during the national cup final, sparking panic.

France to deploy 90,000 security for Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France said Wednesday it will deploy more than 90,000 police and security guards for Euro 2016, vowing to do "everything possible to avoid a terrorist attack" during the football tournament that starts next month.

The announcement followed chaos on Saturday at the Stade de France national stadium when smoke bombs were set off during the national cup final, sparking panic.

France to deploy 90,000 security for Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France said Wednesday it will deploy more than 90,000 police and security guards for Euro 2016, vowing to do "everything possible to avoid a terrorist attack" during the football tournament that starts next month.

The announcement followed chaos on Saturday at the Stade de France national stadium when smoke bombs were set off during the national cup final, sparking panic.

France to deploy 90,000 security for Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France said Wednesday it will deploy more than 90,000 police and security guards for Euro 2016, vowing to do "everything possible to avoid a terrorist attack" during the football tournament that starts next month.

The announcement followed chaos on Saturday at the Stade de France national stadium when smoke bombs were set off during the national cup final, sparking panic.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Euro 2016 preparations took a knock on Tuesday with key defender Raphael Varane ruled out injured of next month's tournament on home soil with his place taken by Adil Rami.

Coach Didier Deschamps had feared the worst after Real Madrid announced Sunday that the 23-year-old Varane, capped 29 time for France, had suffered a serious left thigh injury.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's Euro 2016 preparations took a knock on Tuesday with key defender Raphael Varane ruled out injured of next month's tournament on home soil with his place taken by Adil Rami.

Coach Didier Deschamps had feared the worst after Real Madrid announced Sunday that the 23-year-old Varane, capped 29 time for France, had suffered a serious left thigh injury.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 with a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated their player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

France blow as Varane ruled out of Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 with a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) confirmed on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated their player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

Ticketless fans expected to swarm France for Euro 2016, warn British police

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London (AFP) Around 250,000 British fans will travel to France for Euro 2016 without tickets for matches, British police warned on Tuesday.

Security at the European Championships was already being ramped up after the recent terrorist attacks in France and the prospect of supporters of England, Wales and Northern Ireland swarming into the country without access to the games creates more potential for trouble.

Ticketless fans expected to swarm France for Euro 2016, warn British police

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London (AFP) Around 250,000 British fans will travel to France for Euro 2016 without tickets for matches, British police warned on Tuesday.

Security at the European Championships was already being ramped up after the recent terrorist attacks in France and the prospect of supporters of England, Wales and Northern Ireland swarming into the country without access to the games creates more potential for trouble.

Euro 2016 terror threat worries Desailly

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) France's World Cup winner Marcel Desailly is worried about security for Euro 2016 after the deadly attacks on Paris last November.

"Of course, there is a little fear," the 1998 World Cup winner and Euro 2000 champion told AFP.

"Because of the level of security, we hope nothing will happen, but it's a very difficult thing to be able to check everyone.

Euro 2016 terror threat worries Desailly

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) France's World Cup winner Marcel Desailly is worried about security for Euro 2016 after the deadly attacks on Paris last November.

"Of course, there is a little fear," the 1998 World Cup winner and Euro 2000 champion told AFP.

"Because of the level of security, we hope nothing will happen, but it's a very difficult thing to be able to check everyone.

France pledges to fix security ‘failures’ before Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's interior minister promised Monday that security "failures" at the Stade de France would be put right before Euro 2016, following problems at this weekend's national cup final.

"Failures have been noted," Bernard Cazeneuve said after chaotic scenes before Saturday's match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille, which was effectively a test run for the security arrangements for the European championships.

France pledges to fix security ‘failures’ before Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's interior minister promised Monday that security "failures" at the Stade de France would be put right before Euro 2016, following problems at this weekend's national cup final.

"Failures have been noted," Bernard Cazeneuve said after chaotic scenes before Saturday's match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille, which was effectively a test run for the security arrangements for the European championships.

France pledges to fix security ‘failures’ before Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's interior minister promised Monday that security "failures" at the Stade de France would be put right before Euro 2016, following problems at this weekend's national cup final.

"Failures have been noted," Bernard Cazeneuve said after chaotic scenes before Saturday's match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille, which was effectively a test run for the security arrangements for the European championships.

France pledges to fix security ‘failures’ before Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's interior minister promised Monday that security "failures" at the Stade de France would be put right before Euro 2016, following problems at this weekend's national cup final.

"Failures have been noted," Bernard Cazeneuve said after chaotic scenes before Saturday's match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille, which was effectively a test run for the security arrangements for the European championships.

Video: Hugo Lloris, Laurent Koscielny and Dimtri Payet in France training

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France's players have taken part in their first training session in the build up to Euro 2016. A host of Premier League stars were...

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France extends post-attacks state of emergency to cover Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's parliament approved Thursday a two-month extension of the state of emergency, in place since November's jihadist attacks, to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament and Tour de France.

Already backed by a large majority in the upper house Senate last week, the lower house National Assembly confirmed the measure on Thursday by 46 votes to 20.

France extends post-attacks state of emergency to cover Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's parliament approved Thursday a two-month extension of the state of emergency, in place since November's jihadist attacks, to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament and Tour de France.

Already backed by a large majority in the upper house Senate last week, the lower house National Assembly confirmed the measure on Thursday by 46 votes to 20.

France extends post-attacks state of emergency to cover Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's parliament confirmed Thursday a two-month extension of the state of emergency that has been in place since November's jihadist attacks to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament and Tour de France.

Already approved by a large majority in the upper house Senate last week, the lower house National Assembly confirmed the measure on Thursday by 46 votes to 20.

France extends post-attacks state of emergency to cover Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France's parliament confirmed Thursday a two-month extension of the state of emergency that has been in place since November's jihadist attacks to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament and Tour de France.

Already approved by a large majority in the upper house Senate last week, the lower house National Assembly confirmed the measure on Thursday by 46 votes to 20.

France set to kick off Euro 2016 preparations in Biarritz

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Biarritz (France) (AFP) Euro 2016 hosts France kick off preparations for next month's tournament with a first training camp from Tuesday in Biarritz on the southwestern French coast.

Coach Didier Deschamps, who comes from nearby Bayonne, opted to bring his squad here for five days and four training sessions at the Stade Aguilera, which is home to local rugby team Biarritz Olympique.

France set to kick off Euro 2016 preparations in Biarritz

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Biarritz (France) (AFP) Euro 2016 hosts France kick off preparations for next month's tournament with a first training camp from Tuesday in Biarritz on the southwestern French coast.

Coach Didier Deschamps, who comes from nearby Bayonne, opted to bring his squad here for five days and four training sessions at the Stade Aguilera, which is home to local rugby team Biarritz Olympique.

EURO 2016: Travel Guide and Information on Host Cities

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Euro 2016 is upon us and if you are wondering about your travel, accommodation and require a general guide to France, here at Soccerlens we have you covered.

GoEuro, a company that aims to make travelling across Europe easier by providing people with the tools to fully benefit from Europe’s excellent rail, bus, and air travel infrastructure, have together a detailed travel guide for Euro 2016 and they also look at the host cities in depth in terms of affordability, accessibility and football spirit.

Arsenal

Which Arsenal stars could be victorious in Euro 2016

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Euro 2016 is set to begin in around two weeks time, and we have seven Arsenal stars who are all set to feature during the tournament. Spain won the previous competition held in Poland and Ukraine, but I'm predicting the hosts, France, to take their crown from them. They have a number of top names [..

Will Arsenal fans forgive Giroud if he wins the Euros?

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Can Giroud Put a Hit-And-Miss Season Behind Him with a Stellar Euro 2016 Campaign? Olivier Giroud ended his 2015/16 season on a high note by blasting a hat-trick past a feeble Aston Villa side, but it might not be enough to save his Arsenal career. Reports have suggested that the Frenchman may leave the club [.

Arsenal linked with Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko

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Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko is a transfer target for Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror. The France international could become the...

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Transfer News and Gossip

Lyon reject West Ham’s £31m bid for Alexandre Lacazette

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West Ham United have had a £31m bid for France international Alexandre Lacazette rejected by Lyon, according to Sky Sports. The Hammers are said to...

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PSG make approach to sign Man Utd’s Anthony Martial

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Paris Saint-Germain have made contact over a deal to sign Manchester United star Anthony Martial, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. The...

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The Rest

Ex-Newcastle and Spurs star David Ginola gives an update on his health

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Footy match in the midday sun, not very clever. Now having some tests done. Whoever voted for a World Cup in Qatar in the summer? David...

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Close but... #%&^@$!

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You may have heard by now that Bob Bradley and Le Havre came one puny goal from earning promotion to Ligue 1 after a 5-0 closing day victory.What you may not have seen is how agonizingly close they came to bagging that one needed goal... four times. UGH.