Marseille suffers shock home defeat against Reims
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A change of coach has not yielded instant dividends for Marseille.
Lacking passion and grit, the team now coached by Andre Villas-Boas made a disappointing start to...
FRENCH LEAGUE 2019-20: 5 new signings to watch out for
PARIS (AP) — The transfer window in the French league remains open until the end of August. Here's the pick of the signings so far ahead of the season which starts this weekend:
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French league club Marseille has opened disciplinary proceedings against France defender Adil Rami, who did not resume training with his teammates on Monday after the...
PRAGUE (AP) — France's national weather service issued its highest-level danger alert Thursday as it warned that parts of the country could expect temperatures to reach an "exceptional peak"...
PARIS (AP) — France is hosting a conference aimed at boosting cooperation between northern and southern Mediterranean countries, with senior government officials, non-governmental organizations,...
Marseille hires Andre Villas-Boas as coach
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French club Marseille has hired Andre Villas-Boas as coach, hoping he can turn the former European champion into a contender again.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Marseille coach Rudi Garcia will leave at the end of a disappointing season for the former European champions.
PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps called up three new players on Tuesday, including Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Turkey and Andorra...
PARIS (AP) — Loic Remy scored a superb volley in a 1-0 win over Bordeaux in the French league on Sunday to help Lille cement its grip on second place and direct qualification for next season's...
ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) — Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the Estoril Open final to claim his first clay-court title on Sunday.
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Marseille's hopes of European qualification took another blow Friday in a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg in the French league.
Galaxy’s Alessandrini out 4-5 months after knee surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LA Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini will be sidelined until September after undergoing his third knee surgery.
The Galaxy announced Friday that Alessandrini needed...
Dembele scores late to give Lyon 3-2 win at Bordeaux
PARIS (AP) — Lyon won 3-2 at Bordeaux on Friday to keep the pressure on Lille in the race to finish second and automatically qualify for next season's Champions League.
Marseille wins 3-1 at Guingamp to keep pressure on Lyon
PARIS (AP) — Fourth-place Marseille kept alive its chances of finishing third in the French league with a 3-1 win at struggling Guingamp on Saturday.
Marseille back to winning ways, Balotelli injured
PARIS (AP) — With Mario Balotelli forced off the field early in the game, Valere Germain and Luiz Gustavo took on the scoring responsibilities as Marseille beat Nimes 2-1 in the French league on...
PARIS (AP) — Nimes posted a second straight win to get back in the race for a European finish with a 3-1 win over Rennes in a rescheduled French league match on Tuesday.
BORDEAUX, France (AP) — Francois Kamano scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Nicolas de Preville doubled the lead in the second as Bordeaux dealt a blow to Marseille's hopes of...
PARIS (AP) — Angel Di Maria scored a brace and set up another goal to guide Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-1 win over rival Marseille on Sunday in the French league, a result that soothed the French...
PSG without Cavani, Draxler, Neymar against Marseille
PARIS (AP) — Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain will be without striker Edinson Cavani and winger Julian Draxler against bitter rival Marseille on Sunday, a clash between France's two biggest...
Hamouma stars as Saint-Etienne thrashes Caen 5-0
PARIS (AP) — Saint-Etienne thrashed Caen 5-0 on Saturday to stay in contention for a European place despite an avalanche of injuries and the absence of suspended players.
PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps recalled Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman and Paris Saint-Germain left back Layvin Kurzawa for upcoming European Championship qualifiers against...
PARIS (AP) — An own goal from Wesley Lautoa was enough for Lille to tighten its hold on a Champions League qualification place with a 1-0 win over Dijon in the French league on...
French police kill suspect after knife attack in Marseille
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A knife-wielding man on a wanted list was shot dead by police Tuesday shortly after he injured four people, one seriously, on a major street in the French city of...
Balotelli scores again as Marseille rises to 4th in Ligue 1
PARIS (AP) — Mario Balotelli scored a fine goal in Marseille's 2-0 home win against Amiens on Saturday, taking his tally to three in four games since joining from Nice.
The Italian striker failed to score in 10 games for Nice this season, and questions were raised about whether he was match fit when Marseille signed him last month. But he's turned the talk into whether his goals can help Marseille push for third place in the French league, and a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
Balotelli scores again in Marseille’s 2-1 victory at Dijon
DIJON, France (AP) — Mario Balotelli's second goal in three games helped Marseille to a 2-1 win at Dijon in the French league on Friday.
The Italy striker, who joined last month from Nice, turned the ball in from close range in the 57th minute after winger Florian Thauvin headed on a corner from the right.
Marseille's second straight victory moved the side up to fifth ahead of this weekend's matches, and also took some pressure off coach Rudi Garcia following a poor run of results.
Sala’s last goal and last assist typified him as a player
PARIS (AP) — Emiliano Sala waited near the penalty spot, anticipating the ball's trajectory. When it finally came, he lurched forward and sent a powerful header into the bottom corner of the net.
It was the last goal Sala would ever score.
The Argentine forward, who scored that goal for Nantes on Dec. 5 in a 3-2 win over Marseille, was killed in a plane crash in the English Channel last month and his body was recovered from the seabed wreckage this week.
Marseille beats 10-man Bordeaux 1-0 in empty stadium
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Playing in an empty stadium due to fan trouble, Marseille defeated 10-man Bordeaux 1-0 in a postponed French league game on Tuesday.
Center back Boubacar Kamara's first goal for the club - a header from close range after a free kick was flicked on three minutes before the break - was enough to ease the pressure on coach Rudi Garcia after two straight defeats.
Marseille had only one win from its previous 12 games across all competitions.
Balotelli scores on debut but Marseille loses 2-1 to Lille
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Mario Balotelli scored on his Marseille debut on Friday, but it was too late to save his side from a 2-1 home defeat to second-place Lille.
Balotelli rose to powerfully head in a corner five minutes into injury time, shortly after Lille striker Nicolas Pepe had netted his second goal of the game through the legs of keeper Steve Mandanda following a quick counter-attack.
Referee takes teams off after Marseille firecracker thrown
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A firecracker was thrown from the crowd during Marseille's home game with Lille on Friday, landing near a linesman and forcing the referee to take the players off.
After 56 minutes, and with Marseille 1-0 down, the missile landed near the feet of linesman Nicolas Danos.
Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman and Marseille left back Jordan Amavi were standing next to him. Strootman grimaced and covered his ears, while Amavi looked shaken.
Balotelli hopes to kick-start season after joining Marseille
Mario Balotelli hopes to kick-start his season and revive Marseille's flagging league campaign.
The much-traveled striker joined Marseille on Wednesday from French rival Nice until the end of the season, the latest stage in a topsy-turvy career he reignited in France following a miserable spell in England with Liverpool.
Now Balotelli has the task of sparking a Marseille attack which has been carried by winger Florian Thauvin this season.
Marseille in turmoil as angry fans turn on coach and players
PARIS (AP) — Eight worried-looking Marseille players stayed on the field after the 1-1 home draw with Monaco in the French league on Sunday.
Several senior players were in the closed circle: attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet, forward Florian Thauvin, long-serving goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and Brazilian holding midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
Fabregas almost creates winner as Monaco draws at Marseille
PARIS (AP) — Cesc Fabregas almost had a dream debut for Monaco in the French league only for teammate Youri Tielemans to waste a late golden chance in a 1-1 draw at Marseille on Sunday.
Despite only signing from Premier League Chelsea on Friday, Fabregas went straight into the team and added poise and assurance to Monaco's midfield.
In the first minute of injury time, Fabregas cleverly chipped the ball over the Marseille defense, only for Tielemans to drag his shot wide.
French yellow vest protests hit 9th week, clash with police
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of yellow vest protesters marched Saturday through Paris and other French cities for a ninth straight weekend to denounce President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies, and repeated tensions broke out with police.
Sporadic violence broke out during protests in Paris, Bourges, Bordeaux, Rouen, Marseille and Toulouse.
Protesters walked peacefully through central Paris from the Finance Ministry in the east of the French capital to the Arc de Triomphe in the west.
Vainqueur finally joins Monaco despite failing medical
PARIS (AP) — Two days after failing a medical due to a calf problem, midfielder William Vainqueur has joined struggling Monaco on loan from Turkish club Antalyaspor.
Although only a minor calf injury, it was enough for Monaco to pull out of the move on Thursday because the club needed him available straight away.
But Monaco says it changed its mind because of the player's strong "motivation" to play for the club.
Marseille humiliated by 4th-tier Andrezieux in French Cup
PARIS (AP) — Marseille has lost 2-0 at fourth-tier club Andrezieux in an embarrassing performance in the French Cup for the Ligue 1 team.
The loss Sunday increases pressure on Marseille coach Rudi Garcia, after his side's feeble elimination from the Europa League with five defeats and one draw in six games and its struggles in the French league.
Marseille is currently sixth in the top tier, 20 points behind runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain.
Respite for struggling Monaco with win in French League Cup
PARIS (AP) — Giulian Biancone's goal gave Thierry Henry's struggling Monaco side a 1-0 win over second-division side Lorient in the French League Cup on Wednesday.
Monaco is second from the bottom in the French league and desperately needed a boost after eight defeats and just two wins in 12 games since Henry took over in mid-October.
The former Arsenal star has had to deal with a huge injury crisis, forcing him to pick teenagers with little experience, including the 18-year-old Biancone.
Aid groups terminate Aquarius migrant rescue operations
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Aid groups Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee say they have been forced to end the migrant rescue operations of the Aquarius ship in the Mediterranean Sea.
Vieira’s Nice extends winning streak to 5 games
PARIS (AP) — Patrick Vieira's Nice extended its match-winning streak to five games with a 2-0 win against Lille in the French league on Sunday.
From 15th place in September after three losses in his first six games as Nice manager, the former Arsenal great has now steered the Mediterranean team to seventh, with Saint-Etienne, Marseille, Lille and Montpellier just ahead, all within three points.
Canada qualifies for 2019 Rugby World Cup, completes lineup
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Canada upheld its record of appearing in every Rugby World Cup by claiming the 20th and last berth in the 2019 championship on Friday.
The Canadians qualified by defeating Hong Kong 27-10 in the rain on a chewed-up field in Marseille, with two brilliant tries by record try-scorer DTH van der Merwe.
Death toll up to 8 in Marseille building collapse
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Fire services say the body of a woman has been found in the ruins of decrepit apartment buildings in the southern French city of Marseille, bringing to eight the death toll from the collapse that sparked an outcry over substandard housing.
The body was found Friday afternoon, four days after the collapse, Marseille firefighters said.
Death toll up to 6 in Marseille building collapse
PARIS (AP) — Marseille firefighters say the death toll has risen to six in the collapse of two dilapidated apartment buildings in the southern French city with the discoveries of two men's bodies Wednesday.
The fire service has been toiling day and night with cadaver dogs to sift through the pile of rubble and beams.
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France: 4 found dead in collapsed buildings, search goes on
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Rescuers in the southern French city of Marseille found the bodies of four people in the ruins of two collapsed buildings as the search for victims and survivors continued into a second night.
A woman's body was recovered from the rubble, Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tabareux said Tuesday evening. The bodies of two men and another woman were found earlier in the day.
Several people remained missing after the adjacent multi-story structures collapsed Monday.
The Latest: 4th victim found in rubble of French buildings
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — The Latest on two collapsed buildings in southern France (all times local):
A French prosecutor says rescuers have found a fourth body in the ruins of two buildings that collapsed in the southern city of Marseille as a search through mounds of debris continues.
Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tabareux said the body of a woman was recovered after three other dead people were found in the rubble earlier Tuesday: two men and another woman.