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More than a game: France face Croatia in World Cup final

Exactly 20 years ago today, host nation France won its only World Cup, prompting mass celebrations to the tune of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". A nation embraced the multiracial roots of its winning team. We review the ups and downs that have followed since, both sporting and political, and look ahead to Sunday in Moscow when Les Bleus will square off against first-time finalists Croatia. What does this outcome say about the state of the beautiful game?

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Produced by Daniel BARNEY, Alessandro XENOS, Laure FOURQUET.

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