President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot to extend her stay in South Africa to sort out the nasty feud between players and coaches on France's World Cup soccer team.
"We are taking note of the indignation of the French people," she said. "We are calling for dignity and responsibility."
Indeed, those qualities were in short supply over the past few days.
Although the French team has been bickering for months, things spun out of control during the Mexico match when star striker Nicolas Anelka launched an allegedly foul-mouthed tirade at coach Raymond Domenech.