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Vive la France

The aftermath of the Paris atrocities left a sour taste in mouths and minds. The delay in this posting has come from deliberation not merely a swift reflex. I admired and enjoyed the comradery of sporting bodies and fans alike. From the splendid red, white and blue of Wembley Stadium to Wembley Indoor Arena to the solidarity of the players from both French and English nations in the recent friendly match in football between both Countries. The imagery and choral endeavors of the fans in the subways even on that very same evening of bombings and shootings by the spectators casually fleeing the Stade De France.

One of the more innovative gestures of testament to the disaster was the Scottish team, Hamilton Academical FC wearing the French away strip. Sport and football wins hands down over terrorism.

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Sacre bleu

A stereotypical curse associated with French people – when actually they never use it.  A bit like the guaranteed onions around the necks, striped sweat shirts and berets – somethings only non-French people think is typical of France.  Anyway now that I’ve got your attention let’s talk about football in France.  PSG as an outside bet on Champions League – No – we’re talking strikes, and believe me this population knows how to mount a strike!

Clubs in the Country are threatening to strike unless they are declared exempt from the 75%, so-called “super tax” on anyone earning more than one million euros in a given year.  The Tax, which would in fact be a liability of the clubs rather than the players, could cost 44M for the relevant two years period.  Government ministers say it is only fair to apply the tax to football clubs in the same way as any companies whose employees earn more than a million euros face that same levy.

The death of French football?