Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Arnie sets green example in Paris

Read more

THE DEBATE

One Planet Summit: The switch to renewable energy - who's going to pay?

Read more

FOCUS

Spain's Tagus river is drying up

Read more

ENCORE!

Paris, the capital of street art?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

What is green finance?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is This Bear a Victim of Climate Change? Maybe, But Maybe Not

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

One Planet Summit: Hop on that green bike, Emmanuel!

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France's Cathar region: Relics of the Middle Ages in the Pyrenees

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

AU warns 6,000 jihadists could return to Africa

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2009-11-20

To replay or not to replay?

The debate rages on in this morning’s papers over France’s controversial win against Ireland which saw les Bleus qualify for the World Cup. Should there be a rematch because of a handball by Thierry Henry? The French press is divided.

This morning’s papers are dominated by the fallout of Wednesday’s France-Ireland match. Sports paper l’Equipe has dramatically called for Raymond Domenech’s resignation. The deeply unpopular French manager is ‘separating les Bleus from their fans’. The paper insists this is not a populist move and that Domenech is simply unsuited to the role. In 1998, the paper made the mistake of calling for Aimé Jacquet to resign yet the same year his French side won the World Cup. L’Equipe insists this time, it’s right for the manager to go.

“France must accept the Irish request and replay the match,” says this morning’s editorial in Libération. This is a big deal – a mainstream French newspaper calling for a rematch. “Imagine a scenario where the French captain had owned up to the foul and the best team won – that would have had elegance and it would have had panache.”

The editorial in the Catholic paper la Croix harks back to the 1982 semi-final of the French Open. A young Swedish player, Mats Wilander, was declared the winner yet the umpire had made a mistake. The final shot by his opponent was declared out when Wilander noticed it had, in fact, been in. He set the umpire straight and still went on to win the match and two days later, the French Open final. This, the paper says, is an example of fair play and Wilander held onto that sportsmanlike reputation for the rest of his career. If Henry had done likewise, it would have been an “elegant move” but he bore the responsibility of France’s accession to the World Cup on his shoulders, the paper points out.

“Malaise” (unease) is Le Parisien’s headline. Inside, the paper says the chances of the match being replayed are virtually nil unless the French Football Federation supports Ireland’s request and that is highly unlikely.

France Soir’s headline is so French it would take a paragraph to explain but I’ll try in two sentences! “Cocoricouc” is a mix of “cocorico” – the sound that a cock (French national emblem) makes – and ‘couac’ which means blunder. So unpacked, this headline means “the blunder of the cocks”. I think Irish supporters would agree with that…

Other stories in today’s French papers:

Le Figaro
Herman van Rompuy becomes the first President of Europe

 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-12-12 climate change

Is This Bear a Victim of Climate Change? Maybe, But Maybe Not

INTERNATIONAL PRESS - Tues. 12.12.2017: The Paris climate summit isn't only making headlines in the French press. International papers are also heavily covering the "One Planet...

Read more

2017-12-12 Emmanuel Macron

One Planet Summit: Hop on that green bike, Emmanuel!

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 12.12.2017: With the "One Planet Summit" in full swing in Paris, the French press is all about climate change and what the summit means for Emmanuel Macron...

Read more

2017-12-11 Emmanuel Macron

Macron Presses Netanyahu on Jerusalem

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Mon. 11.12.2017: We take a look how Israeli papers are covering Emmanuel Macron's meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday. We...

Read more

2017-12-11 Laurent Wauquiez

French papers: 'Where is the right going' with Wauquiez as its new leader?

FRENCH PAPERS - Mon. 11.12.2017: We take a look at Laurent Wauquiez's landslide victory to lead France's main conservative party, Les Républicains. We also cover another French...

Read more

2017-12-08 Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday: 'Why we loved him so much'

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 08.12.17: French papers focus on the 30th anniversary of the Téléthon, a TV charity event that raises money for rare genetic diseases. This year’s Téléthon...

Read more