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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# France

This month
March 2023
World Cup finals record goal-scorer Just Fontaine dies aged 89
The former France player and manager scored 13 goals at the 1958 finals in Sweden.
Last month
February 2023
# Treatment Table
Knee op rules France flanker out, Italy's Capuozzo hit with shoulder injury
The Six Nations resumes on 11 March.
# French connection
Scandal-hit chief quits amidst storm of controversy in French football
Noel Le Graet has resigned following accusations of sexual and psychological harassment.
# Dates For Diary
Ireland to begin 2024 Six Nations with Friday night away trip in France
The fixture details have been released for next year’s tournament.
# record kylian
Mbappe hits landmark goal but French defensive problems grow ahead of Ireland clash
Presnel Kimpembe was stretchered off with an injury that will keep him out of the visit to Dublin next month.
# Allez les Bleus
Ramos grabs 17 points as Scotland's Grand Slam hopes dashed by France
Scotland lost for the first time in the Championship this season after a 33-21 defeat to France.
# Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Student arrested after fatally stabbing teacher in the middle of lesson at French school
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “extremely upset” by the attack.
# Ukraine
France promises to send Kyiv light tanks within a week
French President Emmanuel Macron promised in early January that France would send AMX-10s, after months of hesitation.
# Setback
Six Nations over for Beirne but Sexton, Herring, and Sheehan recovering well
The Munster lock faces up to three months on the sidelines after ankle surgery.
# High praise
'We are behind them' - England coach hails 'phenomenal' Ireland and France
Steve Borthwick was impressed by Saturday’s Six Nations clash.
# next man up
Beirne injury is a blow but Ireland have shown their ability to adapt
Andy Farrell’s squad depth has been tested, with positive results.
# foul play
France prop Atonio cited for his high tackle on Ireland's Herring
Referee Wayne Barnes decided the challenge was a yellow card during the game.
# Italian Job
'Continuity is important' - Farrell warns that Ireland face tough task in Rome
Robbie Henshaw rejoined the Ireland squad last week as his recovery continued.
# Analysis
Bealham's classy touch, Schmidt's classic loop, and Ireland's inspiration
Andy Farrell’s men scored a brilliant try off a goal-line drop-out against France.
# Number One
Sublime Ireland notch bonus-point win after Six Nations epic against France
Andy Farrell’s men scored four tries in another brilliant performance.
# Jouez
The world's two best teams battle for Six Nations supremacy in Dublin today
Ireland and France are both missing key players for what should be an epic encounter.
# Ukraine
Russia unleashes missile and drone strikes in eastern and southern Ukraine
Russian forces launched 71 cruise missiles, 35 S-300 missiles and seven Shahed drones since last night.
# Team news
France keep faith with starting side for Ireland Six Nations trip
France defeated Italy in their opener last weekend.
# Le Capitaine
'I went in all guns blazing... I should have tried to make friends first'
Johnny Sexton believes his two-year stint in France made him a better player in the long run.
# Defence
Try-saving tackles and rib-ticklers with Ireland centre Garry Ringrose
The 28-year-old had some big moments in defence against Wales last weekend.
# France
PSG knocked out of French Cup by Marseille, Real Madrid reach Club World Cup final
It was a second straight early Cup exit for record 14-time winners PSG.
# Possible XV
Doubts over Sheehan and Murray as Ireland get set to name team
Andy Farrell had looked likely to name an unchanged XV but there are a couple of doubts.
# View from France
'France are in a five-star hotel a stone's throw from the Vatican'
Illtud Dafydd gave the French view on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# 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.
# 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.
January 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.
# 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.