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Sex scandal: will Ribéry play in the World Cup?

In today’s French press review, we look at the three French footballers who are at the heart of a sex scandal.

The sports newspaper L’Equipe focuses on Franck Ribéry, who has been questioned as a witness, following allegations that a Parisian club hired underage prostitutes.

 
48 days before the World Cup, the scandal seems to have put further pressure on “les Bleus”.
 
France Soir wonders if the French coach Raymond Domenech, should fire Ribéry. Despite the alleged affair, Ribéry’s wife Wahiba says she still supports her husband. 
 
Le Parisien looks at the future of Karim Benzema, who’s also expected to be questioned as a witness in early May.
 
In the same newspaper, a survey carried out for France 24 and RFI has been published. It shows that Barack Obama is the most popular leader in the world. The French President Nicolas Sarkozy comes fifth according to the poll.
 
Yet at home, only 35% of the French have a position opinion of Sarkozy. That’s according to the left-wing newspaper Libération.  
 
And finally, La Presse de la Manche celebrates it’s 20,000th edition.
 

 

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