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PARIS (AP) — Monaco boosted its chances of staying up and slowed down Lille's bid for an automatic Champions League place with a 1-0 away win on Friday.
Nice punishes winger Saint-Maximin for pulling out of game
NICE, France (AP) — Nice has imposed disciplinary measures on winger Allan Saint-Maximin after he declared himself unable to play last weekend, despite not consulting the club's doctor.
Nice coach Patrick Vieira is standing up to player power
PARIS (AP) — Nice coach Patrick Vieira is standing up for his beliefs in a soccer era increasingly marked by player power.
During Vieira's heyday as a powerful, ball-winning midfielder for Arsenal and France, very few opponents got the better of him. Now he's leaving his players in no doubt who is in charge.
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.
Lille maintains Champions League push as rival Lyon loses
PARIS (AP) — Lille stepped up its bid for second place in the French league and automatic qualification for the Champions League by winning 2-0 at Guingamp before Lyon lost 1-0 at Nice on Sunday.
The win puts Lille six points ahead of third-placed Lyon, while Nice climbed up to seventh spot.
Norwegian Air plane evacuated after receiving threat
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian Air says one of its planes bound for Nice, southern France was forced to return to Stockholm soon after taking off for security reasons after the airline received a bomb threat.
Swedish police said 169 passengers were evacuated. They said that no explosives were immediately found but officers would continue checking the plane.
Lille beats Nice 4-0 to maintain push for second in Ligue 1
LILLE, France (AP) — Lille maintained its push for second place and an automatic Champions League spot next season with a 4-0 home win against Nice on Friday.
Lille's slick forward line overwhelmed Nice's defense, as Nicolas Pepe took his tally to 16 league goals and 19-year-old Portuguese striker Rafael Leao continued his fine form with the opening goal.
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.
Henry’s Monaco draws 1-1 with Vieira’s Nice in French league
PARIS (AP) — Old friends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira had to split the points as Monaco drew 1-1 with French Riviera rival Nice on Wednesday in a scrappy match featuring three video reviews.
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.
Jeanne Augier, French Riviera luxury hotel owner, dies at 95
PARIS (AP) — Jeanne Augier, the millionaire owner of a luxury French Riviera hotel appreciated by celebrities and royalty, has died at 95.
The Hotel Negresco in Nice announced Wednesday that Augier died on Monday. It said she took over the hotel in 1957 and worked to "extend its influence throughout France and the world."
Flags hanging above the hotel flew at half-staff Wednesday in a mourning period declared by the hotel.
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.
2 French league matches postponed at request of authorities
PARIS (AP) — Two French league soccer matches have been postponed at the request of authorities.
Nice's home game against Saint-Etienne on Friday and Saturday's match between Nantes and Montpellier will be played at a later date.
The French league says the reason for both cancellations is because police forces are being stretched.
Henry’s Monaco earns 2nd win ahead of meeting with Vieira
PARIS (AP) — Colombia striker Radamel Falcao scored two penalties in a 2-0 away win at Amiens on Tuesday to give Monaco coach Thierry Henry his second victory in 10 games since taking over at the French league club in mid-October.
The win lifted Monaco out of the relegation zone and dropped Amiens into 19th place. Both teams have 13 points but Monaco has the better goal difference.
Varying fortunes for Henry & Vieira as they prepare to meet
PARIS (AP) — As teammates for club and country, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira experienced some of the greatest highs sport can bring.
They were young and played for France when it won the World Cup in 1998, with Vieira setting up the third goal in a 3-0 win against Brazil in the final. Two years later they had more success, when France won the European Championship. In 2004, they led a rampant Arsenal side to the league title without losing a game.
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.
Romanian diplomat who fought anti-Semitism dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian diplomat Mihnea Constantinescu, praised internationally for his efforts to combat anti-Semitism, has died, Romania's government said Tuesday. He was 57.
The foreign ministry said Constantinescu, who advised Romanian prime ministers from 1990-2012, died Sunday in Nice, France, after a long illness.
Montpellier up to 3rd place after win; Saint-Etienne draws
PARIS (AP) — Montpellier made it nine games unbeaten in the French league and moved up to third place after beating Bordeaux 2-0 on Sunday.
Montpellier has lost only once, at home to Dijon on the opening day, and has conceded just one goal at home in five games since that defeat. Montpellier leads fourth-place Marseille on goal difference after Marseille moved level on 19 points from 10 games by winning 1-0 at Nice in Sunday's late game.
Toulouse held by Nice to 1-1 in French league
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Toulouse's winless streak reached five matches after drawing with Nice 1-1 at home in the French league on Friday.
Bassem Srarfi opened the scoring for Nice in the first half and Matthieu Dossevi equalized for the hosts in the second.
Toulouse has four draws and a loss in its last five games. It stayed seventh in the standings.
Neymar’s mouth bloodied between 2 goals in PSG rout of Nice
PARIS (AP) — Neymar took a whack to the face, played on with cotton tissue in his bloodied mouth, and grabbed his second goal as Paris Saint-Germain won at Nice 3-0 in the French league on Saturday.
The Brazil forward was caught by Wylan Cyprien's flailing arm as they contested the ball near the hour mark of an otherwise one-sided contest.
UK’s Pret chain vows ‘meaningful change’ after allergy death
LONDON (AP) — The family of a teenager who died from an allergic reaction to a sandwich demanded changes to Britain's food labeling laws Friday, describing her death as a watershed moment in the full disclosure of potential allergens in food.
Spotlight will be on Mbappe’s behavior as he returns for PSG
PARIS (AP) — The spotlight will be on Kylian Mbappe for different reasons this weekend.
Not for his silky skills, his searing speed, or his ruthless finishing, but for his behavior.
The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward will return from a three-game suspension on Saturday at Nice with questions being asked about his attitude.
Lyon forward Depay burgled at home while playing
LYON, France (AP) — Lyon has offered striker Memphis Depay its full support after the striker's home was burgled while he played on Friday night.
Reports say thieves took up to 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) in jewels, watches and other luxury items while Depay was playing in Lyon's 1-0 defeat at home to Nice.
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Balotelli’s return helps Vieira’s Nice to win 1-0 at Lyon
PARIS (AP) — Mario Balotelli helped coach Patrick Vieira to his first success in the French league as Nice won at Lyon 1-0 on Friday.
Although Balotelli did not score the Italy striker was a constant threat having missed the first three games of the season through suspension. Nice did not win any of those, picking up only a draw as Vieira — a dominant midfielder with Arsenal, Juventus and France during his playing career — got off to a difficult start.
Marseille’s ambition in question after not signing Balotelli
Supposedly an ambitious club, Marseille has a strange way of showing it.
With a highly-regarded coach in Rudi Garcia, solid financial backing, and a creative team, all it really lacks is a high-class center forward.
US students turn grief into tech startup after France attack
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California college student Anjali Banerjee was watching fireworks during a 2016 celebration on a seafront promenade in the French city of Nice when a man plowed a huge truck through the crowd, killing 86 people and wounding 200.
NICE, France (AP) — Patrick Vieira's coaching career at Nice got off to a rocky start after strikers Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea failed to show up for the first day of pre-season training Monday.
Balotelli top-scored last season with 18 goals, while Plea netted 16. Both have been linked with moves this summer, with Premier League West Ham reportedly keen on Plea and Balotelli a target for French rival Marseille.
NICE, France (AP) — Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira was hired as manager of the French club Nice on Monday after leaving as coach of New York City FC.
Vieira replaces Lucien Favre at Nice. New York City FC said Domenec Torrent will succeed Vieira at the Major League Soccer club. Torrent will begin in New York once his U.S. work permit is approved.
NICE, France (AP) — France showed glimpses of its attacking potential with a 3-1 home win against Italy in a World Cup warmup match on Friday.
Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored, while Kylian Mbappe was involved in center half Samuel Umtiti's opening goal.
Center half Leonardo Bonucci briefly gave Italy hope when he made it 2-1 after 36 minutes.
France could have scored more with midfielder N'Golo Kante hitting the post and Florian Thauvin seeing his late volley brilliantly saved.
Syria: US-backed group captures French IS member
BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group has detained a high-profile French Islamic State fighter in northern Syria who has been linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016, the group announced Thursday.
The Syrian Democratic Forces said they captured Adrien Lionel Kiyali on Saturday near Raqqa in Syria, the former self-proclaimed capital the jihadist group.
Borussia Dortmund appoints Lucien Favre as coach
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund brought Swiss coach Lucien Favre back to Germany on Tuesday in the hopes that he can revitalize the club's aspirations as a Bundesliga challenger.
The former Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin coach, who spent two seasons at French team Nice, signed a deal through June 2020, Dortmund said.
PARIS (AP) — Memphis Depay scored a hat trick as Lyon came from behind to beat Nice 3-2 and qualify for the Champions League at the expense of Marseille in the French league on Saturday.
Lyon, which had a one-point lead over Marseille ahead of the last round, kept its lead intact and finished in third place behind Paris Saint-Germain and deposed champion Monaco. The first three teams in the French league qualified for the Champions League.
PARIS (AP) — Forward Bertrand Traore scored two goals as seven-time champion Lyon kept the upper hand in its three-way fight for Champions League qualification with a 3-0 victory over Troyes on Sunday.
With two games left this season, Lyon remained second behind Paris Saint-Germain, which sealed the title with five games to spare last month.
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen joined other anti-immigration populist leaders from around Europe for a May Day gathering Tuesday aimed at energizing their campaigns for next year's European Parliament elections.
Plea’s 8th goal in 5 games not enough as Nice draws 1-1
PARIS (AP) — Alassane Plea's eighth goal in the past five games was not enough for Nice, which conceded late on in a 1-1 draw at Angers in the French league on Friday.
The 25-year-old Plea, a quick and powerful striker, will be doubtless linked with a move in the summer transfer window. He read midfielder Jean Michael Seri's clever pass and had enough strength to hold off a defender before sliding to poke the ball into the bottom corner in the 67th minute.
Nice to host opening stage of 2020 Tour de France
PARIS (AP) — The 2020 Tour de France will begin in Nice.
The Riviera city, which hosts the final stage of the Paris-Nice race each year, previously held the Grand Depart in 1981.
Cycling's biggest race last stopped there in 2013 during its 100th edition.
Plea scores 4 as Nice wins 5-2 at Guingamp
PARIS (AP) — Alassane Plea scored four goals in a display of clinical finishing as Nice came from behind to win 5-2 at Guingamp in the French league on Sunday.
In the absence of Mario Balotelli, who was out injured with a thigh injury, Plea took on the scoring duties and got his first league quadruple. The former Lyon striker converted four of his six shots.
NICE, France (AP) — Marc Soler of Spain won the weeklong Paris-Nice race after dislodging overnight leader Simon Yates of Britain with a successful attack in the final stage on Sunday.
Soler, who rides for Movistar and trailed his British rival by 37 seconds ahead of the eighth and final stage in the Nice hinterland, claimed his biggest career win by just four seconds.
CHATEL-GUYON, France (AP) — Jonathan Hivert of France won the third stage of Paris-Nice on Tuesday after a breakaway, while former champion Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain claimed the race leader's yellow jersey.
Hivert moved to the front with 20 kilometers left and soon became part of a three-man breakaway with Sanchez and Remy Di Gregorio.
VIERZON, France (AP) — Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands overpowered his fellow sprinters in the final section to win the second stage of the Paris-Nice on Monday.
The Lotto-Jumbo rider claimed his first stage victory in the weeklong race ahead of Elia Viviani of Italy. Andre Greipel of Germany completed the podium in the town of Vierzon.
French rider Andre Demare, who won the first stage, finished fifth and kept the leader's jersey, with a seven-second lead over Gorka Izagirre of Spain.
MEUDON, France (AP) — Arnaud Demare won the opening stage of the Paris-Nice race in a photo finish on Sunday after edging out three other riders in a sprint to the line.
The French cyclist, who also won the first stage last year, beat Spanish rider Gorka Izagirre, countryman Christophe Laporte and Tim Wellens of Belgium.
PARIS (AP) — Rony Lopes scored the winner midway through the second half as second-place Monaco beat Bordeaux 2-1 in the French league on Friday.
The attacking midfielder is emerging as a replacement for Bernardo Silva, who was arguably Monaco's best player when it won the league and reached the Champions League semifinals last season. Silva's scintillating form earned him a big-money move to runaway English Premier League leader Manchester City.
French league investigates alleged racist abuse of Balotelli
PARIS (AP) — The French football league has opened an investigation after Nice striker Mario Balotelli complained about racist abuse from fans.
According to a statement on the league's website, the investigation's conclusions will be delivered March 15.
Nice said that Balotelli was shown a yellow card for complaining about the racist abuse he received on Feb. 10 from Dijon supporters, but game referee Nicolas Rainville said he did not hear insults or shouts coming from the stand.
Nice says Balotelli booked for reacting to racist abuse
NICE, France (AP) — French club Nice says striker Mario Balotelli was shown a yellow card for complaining about racist abuse he received from Dijon fans on Saturday.
Nice tweeted the Italian forward, who was booked in the 74th minute of a 3-2 away defeat by referee Nicolas Rainville, was cautioned after remonstrating with fans about the abuse. No further details were given.
Written off by many, Balotelli now returning to top form
PARIS (AP) — Mario Balotelli's return to form at Nice owes much to the astute guidance and firm belief of coach Lucien Favre.
When Favre signed the Italian forward on a free transfer from Liverpool last season, some observers ridiculed his chances of success after Balotelli had endured two poor campaigns.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher derided the move, saying on Twitter that paying nothing was "over the odds" for a player carrying such a troublesome reputation.