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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# France

7th February 2023
# friendly fixture
No Aviva Stadium send-off for Ireland ahead of Women's World Cup
The Girls in Green will instead play a glamour friendly with France at their regular Tallaght Stadium base.
# France
French strikes hit trains and schools as a million protesters push back on pension age increase
An unpopular pension reform would increase the retirement age.
# Tighthead
'I'll be settling in Galway post-rugby... it's a beautiful place'
Finlay Bealham is moving to the next level with Ireland and enjoying life off the pitch.
This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Les Bleus
'If we don't sort it out, we'll ship 15, 20 or even 30 points in Ireland'
Shaun Edwards wasn’t happy with France’s performance in Rome yesterday.
# Injury Update
Furlong, Gibson-Park, and Healy all ruled out of Ireland's clash with France
However, Johnny Sexton is expected to be fit and Rónan Kelleher returns to training.
# Charly-sur-Marne
Mother and seven children dead after fire broke out while they slept in France home
The woman’s husband, father to three of the children, was seriously burned and transferred to a hospital.
# Allez les Verts
Farrell's Ireland target first win over France in possible Grand Slam decider
The French will be in town on Saturday and the Ireland boss is expecting a raucous atmosphere.
# Les Bleus
France squeeze past Italy ahead of Ireland showdown in Dublin
The Italians were excellent as they gave the French a real fright.
# France
Macron compromises on raising pension age after protests
People who began work at 20 and 21 will be able to retire at 63, halfway between the current retirement age and Macron’s proposal of 64.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Bah Non
1.27 million people joined protests over French pension reforms, say officials
11,000 police were on duty for an estimated 250 protests nationwide.
# macron
France braces for new strikes against pension age increase
Around 1.1 million people took to the streets for the first strike day on 19 January and police expect a similar number tomorrow.
# France
French PM says pension age hike 'non-negotiable' as strikes loom
France’s current retirement age of 62 is set to be increase to 64.
Last month
January 2023
# fin
Laporte resigns as president of French rugby after corruption scandal
The Frenchman is self-suspended from his role as World Rugby vice-chairman.
# business time
Ireland get to work in Portugal as the marginal Six Nations favourites
Andy Farrell’s squad will spend the next week at The Campus preparing for Wales.
# Paris
France prepares for 'hellish' day of protests over controversial pension reform
The changes would raise the retirement age for most people from 62 to 64 and increase the years of contributions required for a full pension.
# bernard phelan
France concerned for health of French-Irish citizen on hunger strike in Iran prison
Phelan, 64, was arrested in October while travelling through a town during protests and has been accused of spreading anti-regime propaganda
# Au Revoir
France captain Hugo Lloris announces international retirement
His decision comes three weeks after his country lost the World Cup final.
# Horsemeat
Butchers on trial in France over alleged horsemeat fraud
They’re accused of butchering horses from the pharmaceutical industry and selling their meat even though it was unfit for human consumption.
# Staying Put
Deschamps set for Dublin date as he is to remain France coach until 2026 World Cup
Les Bleus face Stephen Kenny’s Ireland in the next international window in March.
# Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain suffer first loss since last March at Lens
Lens closed the gap on PSG at the top to four points.
Last year
# Paris
Suspect charged with deadly shooting of Kurds in Paris that has sparked protests
The man who has been charged confessed to a “pathological” hatred to foreigners, according to a French prosecutor
# Terrorism
Paris shooting suspect to appear before judge
The shooting at a Kurdish cultural centre and a nearby hairdressing salon killed three and left three injured.
# Paris
Custody of Paris shooting suspect lifted for health reasons, says prosecutor
The shooting yesterday killed three people and injured three more.
# End of the road
French World Cup winner Matuidi retires
The 35-year-old is the first member of France’s 2018 squad to retire.
# Charles Sobhraj
Notorious French serial killer 'The Serpent' freed from Nepal prison
Charles Sobhraj has served most of his sentence for killing US and Canadian backpackers in the 1970s.
# Au Revoir
Ballon D'or winner Karim Benzema ends France career
Striker had to withdraw from France squad due to injury before first World Cup match.
# thrilling
A moment in football history that delivered the emotions that make life worth living
This was a World Cup final that will go down in lore, the nature of Argentina’s triumph only adding to allure of Lionel Messi’s legacy.
# record books
Kylian Mbappe wins World Cup Golden Boot after historic final hat-trick
The individual awards were confirmed by Fifa’s Technical Study Group (TSG).
# The Messi End
Messi takes his crown in Argentina's absurd, epic World Cup final victory over France
Argentina led 2-0 and then 3-2 in extra time before winning one of the truly great finals on penalties.
# concerns
Three France players ill two days before World Cup final
Pair who formed central defensive partnership against Morocco did not train today.
# Vaulx-en-Velin
Five children among 10 people killed in fire near Lyon in eastern France
19 people were injured, including four “whose lives are still in danger”.
# the journey ends
France end Morocco's magnificent World Cup journey
France have returned to the final with a 2-0 win.
France v Morocco, World Cup semi-final
Catch up on all the action from tonight’s second World Cup semi-final.
# varied
France capable of the gritty and sublime to get job done
The world champions will be favourites against Morocco and their variation in attack should give the edge against a side who have only conceded once.
# France
French court jails suspects of 2016 Nice terror attack that killed 86 people
Over 450 people were injured during the four-minute rampage.
# Convicted
French rugby supremo Laporte given two-year suspended sentence in corruption trial
The development comes less than a year before France hosts the World Cup.
# All to do
Varane insists France must avoid Morocco ‘trap’ to earn place in World Cup final
The defending champions are just two victories away from becoming the first side to retain the World Cup trophy since Brazil in 1962.
# Analysis
Cooney on Soccer: How England stopped Mbappe but couldn't stop France
Why Olivier Giroud and Didier Deschamps are due a bit more respect.
# crucial miss
Kane's missed penalty costs England in World Cup exit to France
England were beaten 2-1 by France, their captain’s skied spot kick blowing a golden opportunity.
# Superstar
Mbappe breaks silence - 'I came to win this World Cup. I didn’t come to win the Golden Boot'
The France striker scored twice against Poland to take his tally for the tournament to five.