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England lose to late France goal in Marley's first game – report & highlights

Media playback is not supported on this device England ended a tumultuous week for the women’s game with a 1-0 friendly defeat against 2019 World Cup hosts France. The match – England’s first under interim coach Mo Marley – was a cagey affair with few clear-cut chances before Viviane Asseyi capitalised on goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain’s mistake to snatch victory. On Wednesday, the Football Association was forced to apologise to two players for racially discriminatory remarks by previous England boss Mark Sampson. Sampson was sacked in September following evidence of “inappropriate…

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News: Vietnam Airlines signs comprehensive strategic partnership with Air France

Vietnam Airlines and Air France have announced the signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership allowing the two airlines to optimise their services between France, Europe and Vietnam and to strengthen their positions in a buoyant but highly competitive market. This new joint venture starts in November and is expected to bring additional benefits to customers. Through this agreement Vietnam Airlines and Air France are committed to offering more flight options and convenience to passengers through a collaboration in their flight schedules. Via three hubs Hanoi-Noi Bai, Ho Chi Minh City-Tan…

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Portugal & France qualify for World Cup but Dutch eliminated

European champions Portugal beat Switzerland in Lisbon to finish top of European Qualifying Group B and reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A draw or a loss would have left Portugal in the play-offs but an own goal from Johan Djourou and a goal from Andre Silva took Portugal through. France beat Belarus 2-1 to win Group A, with Sweden finishing second despite losing 2-0 to the Netherlands. The Dutch, who finished third in the 2014 World Cup, are eliminated. They needed a seven-goal win to nudge Sweden out…

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Chelsea FC: How Blues could replace N’Golo Kante after midfielder picks up injury on France duty

Luiz has played in a midfield role for Chelsea previously, in both his first spell at the club and under Antonio Conte. His desire to move forward with the ball does not matter too much when he knows there are certain to be defenders to be sitting behind him, whereas he often leaves space behind him when roving forward as a centre-back. Luiz is a fine holding player, and alongside the energetic Tiemoue Bakayoko he would form a solid-enough central midfield pairing – though Luiz would not provide the same…

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Air France plane engine fails over Atlantic

An Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make a sudden diversion when it lost part of an engine over the Atlantic. One of the four engines on the Airbus 380 flight AF66 failed west of Greenland on Saturday. No-one was injured in the incident, but passengers remained on board hours after the landing at 15:42 GMT. The plane was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew at the time, an Air France spokesperson told AFP news agency. David Rehmar, a former aircraft mechanic who was a…

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'Mona Lisa nude sketch' found in France

A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says. The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. But experts have found enough clues to suggest the artist worked on both. After tests at the Louvre Museum in Paris, curators believe the sketch is “at least in part” by Leonardo. It has been held since 1862 in the collection of…

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Wolf-whistling could become illegal in France under street harassment laws

Wolf-whistling could become illegal in France. Photo: Stocksy Wolf-whistling could become illegal in France, as the country’s new gender equality minister vowed to criminalise street harassment. Marlène Schiappa has set up a working party of five lawmakers who will come up with a legal definition of street harassment, and decide what punishments to impose, according to the Times of London. “The idea is to characterise street harassment so that the police can impose fines on men who follow women on the streets, intimidate them and harass them in public,” Schiappa said….

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