The French Take Their Football Seriously

France’s World Cup team utterly imploded this past week and now the President is getting involved.  Via the BBC:  World Cup 2010: Nicolas Sarkozy to probe French failure.

I must confess, to my American eye the above headline looks a bit odd.  However, when there is a cabinet level minister of sports, there are grounds for government involvement:

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and junior sports minister Rama Yade will join Sarkozy to discuss how a country that won the World Cup in 1998 and reached the final in 2006 could manage just one point and a single goal at the 2010 edition.

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  1. Chris Berez says:

    I would point out how ridiculous it is to have a minister of sports, but we practically have that here anyway– only we call it Congress.


  2. Steve Plunk says:

    Football? Oh, you mean soccer.

  3. Oh, the travesty!!! I don’t even know how to properly make fun of this. Maybe we can send them Orrin Hatch.

  4. Franklin says:

    Football? Oh, you mean soccer.

    It does seem that football is a more appropriate name for soccer than football.

  5. I don’t know, “association football” or “soccer” seems just fine by me.