Benedetto scores again as Marseille beats Saint-Etienne 1-0
Marseille beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 at home on Sunday in a match between France's two most successful league teams.
Saint-Etienne has a record 10 French titles to Marseille's nine and Paris...
2nd French game in 3 days halted after homophobic banners
METZ, France (AP) — A second French league game in three days was interrupted due to banners deemed homophobic as Paris Saint-Germain beat Metz 2-0 Friday.
Ineos-owned Nice signs Kasper Dolberg from Ajax
NICE, France (AP) — Nice has completed its first big transfer under Jim Ratcliffe's ownership, signing Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg from Ajax.
French league game halted after homophobic banners unfurled
NICE, France (AP) — The French league game between Nice and Marseille was halted for several minutes during the first half Wednesday after Nice fans unfurled two banners with homophobic...
Lille wins to move up to 4th place; Marseille beats Nice
NICE, France (AP) — Victor Osimhen made it four goals in three matches since joining Lille, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.
Ineos completes takeover of French club Nice
NICE, France (AP) — A company led by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has completed a takeover of French league club Nice.
Chemicals giant Ineos and the French club both confirmed the deal...
Scotland bounces back to edge France 17-14 at Murrayfield
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland reveled in its Murrayfield comfort zone to overcome France 17-14 on Saturday and restore some pride after the humiliation in Nice last weekend.
France lock suspended and will miss first 3 RWC pool games
LONDON (AP) — Lock Paul Gabrillagues will miss France's first three pool games at the Rugby World Cup after he was suspended on Tuesday for six weeks for hitting an opponent's head during an...
France blow away Scotland 32-3 in Rugby World Cup warmup
NICE, France (AP) — France blew away Scotland 32-3 in a Rugby World Cup warmup match on Saturday.
In a first hit-out for both teams, the French looked far more ready and hit the ground...
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Fiona Ferro beat her friend and French club teammate Alizé Cornet 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the Ladies Open Lausanne final on Sunday to win her first WTA singles...
Australia’s offense led by prolific scorer Sam Kerr
NICE, France (AP) — Australia's strategy of using an aggressive offense to compensate for the defense has certainly gotten a boost from Matildas star Sam Kerr.
NICE, France (AP) — FIFA's attempt to hype Women's World Cup ticket sales didn't go exactly as planned.
The sport's governing body gave the impression that tickets for the tournament in...
NICE, France (AP) — Sitting in her hotel on the French Riviera on the eve of her World Cup debut, England forward Nikita Parris suddenly felt an unexpected twinge of nerves.
NICE, France (AP) — In the heat of the French Riviera, Scotland supporters in tartan hats and kilts are springing up across Nice ready for the country's Women's World Cup debut against England on...
Monaco stays up despite final-day defeat at Nice
PARIS (AP) — Monaco retained its top-flight status despite losing 2-0 at Riviera rival Nice on the final day of the French league campaign on Friday.
PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani missed a late penalty given after a video review as French champion Paris Saint-Germain's stuttering form continued in a 1-1 draw with Nice on Saturday.
PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest activists protested across France on Saturday, to support an activist injured last week in a confrontation with police and to show that they remain mobilized against the...
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said in a newspaper interview Monday he hoped a 73-year-old yellow vest protester who suffered serious head injuries after being charged by police in...
NICE, France (AP) — French authorities are investigating the case of an older female protester who suffered head injuries when police charged people defying a ban on yellow vest protests in...
PARIS (AP) — Sprinters and climbers will have a chance to shine at the start of next year's Tour de France.
Race organizers have unveiled the details of the first two stages of the 2020...
NICE, France (AP) — Team Sky rider Egan Bernal won the Paris-Nice weeklong race for his most prestigious title so far after resisting a bold offensive from fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana in...
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.
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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.
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.