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Jokes about the race of the French national football team

When France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Noah, addressing the dark-skinned players, said: “I get it, they have to say it’s the French team. But look at those guys. In the south of France, my friends. If you don’t understand, France is the backup team of Africans.” Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to the US, wrote in a letter of condemnation: “Unlike the United States of America, France does not refer to its citizens on the basis of their race, religion or origin. roots are an individual reality. Calling them an African team is like denying their Frenchness.” In response, Noah said he was trying to celebrate the players’ African heritage, rather than denying their Frenchness.


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