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Nicolas Sarkozy steps in to quash France's World Cup feud

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(Read caption) French national soccer team coach Raymond Domenech conducted a training session Monday in Knysna, near Cape Town, June 21, 2010. Many current and former players blame him for France's World Cup woes.

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C'est un catostrophe! Things have become so bad after France's World Cup soccer team dissolved into bickering following their loss to Mexico last week that President Nicolas Sarkozy has intervened.

Mr. Sarkozy reportedly told Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot to extend her stay in South Africa to try to sort out Les Bleues.

"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.

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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.


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