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France sends medical aid to Syria after deal with Russia

France sent 50 tonnes of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria on Friday after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery, raising hopes for future aid efforts, French officials said.

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France gives World Cup winners a heroes’ welcome home

The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols. After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris…

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Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award for the World Cup’s best player despite being on the losing side to France in a thrilling final in Moscow on Sunday. Modric was named man-of-the-match three times in Croatia’s seven games in Russia, but even the Real Madrid midfielder was powerless to stop France’s firepower…

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France win FIFA World Cup in thrilling final with Croatia

France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. France led 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic…

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Croatia to play France in the FIFA World Cup 2018 final

The final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played between France and Croatia in Moscow.

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How France qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2018 final

Here is France’s road to final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 final against Croatia.

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Croatia’s road to the FIFA World Cup 2018 final

A video recap of how Croatia qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2018 final against France.

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France and Croatia seek World Cup glory

France will play Croatia in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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France holds breath as football brings nation together

French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity. Football fever has slowly built over the last four weeks as the country took its…

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France to deploy 110,000 police during World Cup weekend

Authorities will deploy 110,000 police and security forces across France this weekend to secure the huge street parties if “Les Bleus” win the World Cup on Sunday, after years of attacks targeting crowds and other so-called “soft” targets. The massive security effort has been complicated by France’s national day, Bastille Day, which falls on Saturday….

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France not expecting tired Croatia in World Cup final

France have been surprised by the physical fortitude of Croatia and are not expecting a tired opponent in Sunday’s World Cup final, midfielder Blaise Matuidi said on Friday. Croatia have been forced into extra time in each of their three knockout matches, edging Denmark and hosts Russia on post-match penalties before scoring late in added…

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Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for France final

It was no surprise that Croatia cavorted on the pitch in celebration with fans and family long after beating England in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday night, but a wiser head might have ushered them quietly to ice bath and bed. It was never going to happen, of course, as the ecstasy…

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Pogba dedicates France semi win to rescued Thai boys

France midfielder Paul Pogba dedicated his side’s World Cup 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium to the 12 Thai boys who were rescued from a flooded cave along with their coach on Tuesday. “This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong,” Pogba wrote on his official Twitter account…

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Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home…

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France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

France will unleash the attacking talents of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann against Eden Hazard’s gifted Belgium side in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a place in the World Cup final at stake. The semi-final matchup of the European neighbours promises to be full of intrigue as France aim to return to the final for…

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Tour de France: Sagan avoids pile up to clinch 2nd stage, take lead

World champion Peter Sagan won stage two and took the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the Tour de France on Sunday after edging Sonny Colbrelli in a reduced sprint finish after a late crash in the peloton. Overnight leader Fernando Gaviria came down in a mass high speed crash just 1.3km from the line, which…

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Belgium and France face off in mouth-watering World Cup semi-final

Roberto Martinez’s swashbuckling Belgium side head into Tuesday’s semi-final with familiar foes France as the World Cup’s leading scorers, but their old rivals have evolved as the tournament has progressed and will also be full of confidence. Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over…

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French policeman charged with manslaughter as shooting sparks riots

A French policeman who shot dead a young black man in western France earlier this week, sparking four nights of rioting, has been charged with manslaughter, his lawyer said as fresh clashes erupted between youths and police early Saturday. The unrest has again highlighted tensions in deprived urban areas of France, where local youths often…

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Lineup of FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter finals

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has entered the quarter final stage as eight teams remain in the competition. The first quarter final will be played between Uruguay and France while Brazil will take on Belgium. The two games will be played on July 6 at 7pm and 11pm respectively. England will play against Sweden while…

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How do the World Cup quarter-finalists compare?

Just eight teams remain from the 32 who started the World Cup in Russia.  AFP Sport looks how each side are placed ahead of the quarter-finals on Friday and Saturday. Uruguay v France (Friday, Nizhny Novgorod) Uruguay One of only two teams to win all four games so far, Uruguay boast one of the meanest…

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Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Four France goals ended Lionel Messi’s fourth World Cup on Saturday and may have brought down the curtain on an international career seemingly destined to end in disappointment. Tens of thousands of Argentines poured into Kazan hoping to see Messi carry an ageing side over one more hurdle after his solitary goal in Russia helped…

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