Monday, July 03, 2006

The sword is mightier than Le Pen

Need a great French performance? Call Jean-Marie Le Pen. In 1998, the odious National Front leader's criticism of the team's ethnic mix proved an unlikely source of inspiration when they won the tournament.

He was at it again before Saturday's quarter-final, claiming that French society 'cannot recognise itself' in the national team. Les Bleus responded by battering Brazil with the best and most unexpected display of the World Cup.

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