[Marxism] France v. Italy

Jon Flanders jonflanders at jflan.net
Sun Jul 9 17:01:28 MDT 2006


On Sun, 2006-07-09 at 14:58 -0400, Greg Dunkel wrote:
> One interesting point - 2/3 of French team is Black or Arab.  This has 
> raised the issue of racism in sports, with Le Pen, the fascist head of 
> the Front National, complaining that it is not a "French" team.
> 
> /greg
> 

It ended badly for Zidane and the French team, but this item is
interesting.

Jon Flanders

>From Reuters:

The French captain, Zinédine Zidane, is emblematic of a team that
reflects France's multi-ethnicity far better than the country's
political, business and cultural elites. The flag of Algeria, where
Zidane's parents were born, was a frequent sight. One adorned a car that
circled the block repeatedly, on which was wrote in huge letters in the
Algerian colors, "Merci Zizou!" 
 
When Nicolas Sarkozy, the interior minister who is examining whether
thousands of illegal immigrants should be deported, was shown on
television, the crowd outside a pub booed him loudly. Sarkozy is
unpopular because, as a deputy from his center-right UMP party, Yves
Jégo, put it in Le Monde on Saturday, "People are complaining that we
want to expel some future Zidane." 
 
That is something no politician will want to be accused of if they are
to avoid the fury of crowds who erupted in joy when Zizou kicked in a
penalty in the seventh minute.





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