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Monday, June 21, 2010

More on the French World Cup Team

It isn't pretty.

Colleagues were in France on business last week and reported that they put up screens in large parks for people to watch the game(s). They noted that the French people generally were derisive about their own team, suggesting that the French team hasn't had, and doesn't have, the support of the French people. I had heard reports of this when I was in France in the spring, and now the talk in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Bordeaux and elsewhere cannot be pretty. Could Le Bleus be coming home after making it to the finals in 2006? Or, can they turn the negative into a positive and try to show the world that despite all of the negatives, they can come together as a team and win? We'll learn soon enough.

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