2 die in France during World Cup celebrations

19 July, 2018, 22:17 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • France celebrates World Cup win

They learned to play soccer in France.

Gérard Araud in reaction to a joke he made declaring that "Africa" won the World Cup instead of France since several of the team's players are of African descent.

The host of America's late-night TV program The Daily Show has drawn the ire of France's ambassador to the USA after joking that "Africa won the World Cup". They are French citizens.

The comedian's remarks came after Barack Obama also spoke about the French team, using them as an example to look beyond race.

Earlier, Mohanlal had flown to Brazil, where the previous edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in the year 2014. "By calling them an African team, it seems you are denying their Frenchness. But they're French! They're French".

Beyond the jokes, Trevor Noah and Araud attempted to tackle the racial politics that have haunted discussions around the World cup victory.

"The rich and various background of the players is a reflection of France's diversity", Noah quoted Mr Araud as saying, before quipping that it was in fact a reflection of France's "colonialism". He also stands up for America in a nice way that's pretty rare to see in 2018, but, if anything can make you feel patriotic towards America, it's an argument with the French.

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The ambassador wrote Noah a strongly worded letter, which he read to his studio audience during a break in filming.

Kante - born to Malian parents - would have missed the celebrations if he had accepted a request from Malian football officials to pledge his allegiance to the West African side and feature for them in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

"When I'm saying "African" I'm not saying it to exclude them from their Frenchness, I'm saying it to include them in my African-ness", he said, after reading the letter on the show.

After the open top bus tour the players were set to join President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysées Palace for a garden party along with thousands of young guests, many of them member of youth football clubs around Paris.

The problem arose when large amounts of fans gathered at the store trying to purchase France's new shirts that feature two stars, signifying the country's two World Cup championships.

After the manager ends his speech, players such as Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane attempt to pick up their players-clearly, the first 45 minutes took a lot out of them.


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