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Feb 7, 2015

Unconvincing France scrape past Scotland in Six Nations opener

PARIS (Reuters) – France looked set for a difficult Six Nations campaign after labouring to a 15-8 home win against Scotland in their opening game on Saturday.

Philippe Saint-Andre’s side, playing in unfamiliar red jerseys, scored all their points through Camille Lopez’s boot while Scotland, a more formidable team since former Clermont coach Vern Cotter took over last year, had Dougie Fife to thank for a superb first-half try.

Feb 7, 2015

France must be patient in attack, says Saint-Andre

PARIS (Reuters) – France need to make their dominance count if they are to threaten Six Nations holders Ireland next weekend, coach Philippe Saint-Andre said after his team struggled to beat Scotland on Saturday.

The hosts enjoyed much of the possession in their tournament opener and played most of the second period in Scotland’s half but failed to score a single try in a 15-8 win at the Stade de France.

Feb 7, 2015

Rugby-France must be patient in attack, says Saint-Andre

PARIS, Feb 7 (Reuters) – France need to make their dominance count if they are to threaten Six Nations holders Ireland next weekend, coach Philippe Saint-Andre said after his team struggled to beat Scotland on Saturday.

The hosts enjoyed much of the possession in their tournament opener and played most of the second period in Scotland’s half but failed to score a single try in a 15-8 win at the Stade de France.

Feb 7, 2015

Rugby-Unconvincing France scrape past Scotland in Six Nations opener

PARIS, Feb 7 (Reuters) – France looked set for a difficult Six Nations campaign after labouring to a 15-8 home win against Scotland in their opening game on Saturday.

Philippe Saint-Andre’s side, playing in unfamiliar red jerseys, scored all their points through Camille Lopez’s boot while Scotland, a more formidable team since former Clermont coach Vern Cotter took over last year, had Dougie Fife to thank for a superb first-half try.

Jan 30, 2015

Cycling – Winning the Tour is a plan, not a dream for FDJ

PARIS (Reuters) – Team Sky were ridiculed in the peloton when they claimed at their 2009 launch they would win the Tour de France within five years with a British rider, but were able to silence the doubters when Bradley Wiggins triumphed in 2012.

National lottery-funded Team FDJ have just set themselves a similar goal and the French outfit, who have developed a state of the art coaching structure, should be given more credit for their claim than Sky were.

Dec 16, 2014

Songwriter Van Etten digs herself out of the dark with music

PARIS (Reuters) – Even when things don’t go her way — from on-stage technical glitches to complicated relationships — American singer Sharon Van Etten remains cheerful.

You might not guess that by listening to “I Love You But I’m Lost”, “Your Love Is Killing Me” or “Afraid Of Nothing” — three of the 11 songs from her fourth CD, the mid-tempo confessional opus “Are We There”.

Dec 16, 2014

Henry forever linked with brilliance at Arsenal

PARIS (Reuters) – Winning the World Cup on home soil should be the pinnacle of any player’s career but Thierry Henry’s greatest achievement is that he will go down in history as an Arsenal and Premier League legend.

The former France striker, who formally retired on Tuesday, will never be afforded the reverence of Michel Platini or Zinedine Zidane in his homeland but his 175 league goals in eight years at Arsenal helped earn him the honour of being voted the club’s greatest ever player in a 2008 fan poll.

Dec 16, 2014

Soccer-Henry forever linked with brilliance at Arsenal

PARIS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Winning the World Cup on home soil should be the pinnacle of any player’s career but Thierry Henry’s greatest achievement is that he will go down in history as an Arsenal and Premier League legend.

The former France striker, who formally retired on Tuesday, will never be afforded the reverence of Michel Platini or Zinedine Zidane in his homeland but his 175 league goals in eight years at Arsenal helped earn him the honour of being voted the club’s greatest ever player in a 2008 fan poll.

Dec 12, 2014

We have nothing to hide, says Astana’s Vinokourov

PARIS (Reuters) – Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov says his team have nothing to hide with the Kazakh-funded outfit about to be audited in following doping affairs which threatened their elite status.

Astana, the team of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, were granted a World Tour licence for 2015 by the International Cycling Union on Wednesday, but will be audited by the University of Lausanne next year to assess the team’s governance.

Dec 11, 2014

Barca loss shows PSG not yet top Champions League contender

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain’s 3-1 defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday showed the French champions, who suffered their first defeat of the season, still have a long way to go before winning the Champions League.

PSG, who reached the quarter-finals in the last two editions, finished second of Group F two points behind Barca after their lack of efficiency cost them dearly at the Camp Nou.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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