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#France

# france - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

From The Score Analysis: France’s counter-attack poses huge threat to Ireland’s Six Nations dreams Analysis

Analysis: France’s counter-attack poses huge threat to Ireland’s Six Nations dreams

This piece uses GIFs and videos to examine Les Bleus’ attacking ‘structure’ as well as their danger on the counter.

From The Score Ireland Women make four changes for final Six Nations clash in France Strong Finish

Ireland Women make four changes for final Six Nations clash in France

Philip Doyle’s side are hoping to deny the home team a Grand Slam in Pau.

From The Score Three changes as Ruddock’s Ireland U20s aim to ruin France’s Grand Slam Prospects

Three changes as Ruddock’s Ireland U20s aim to ruin France’s Grand Slam

The Sean O’Brien-captained Irish are targeting their third win of the championship.

From The Score Greatest hits: Brian O’Driscoll’s finest international tries away from home BEST OF BOD This post contains videos

Greatest hits: Brian O’Driscoll’s finest international tries away from home

Ireland’s record try-scorer has one last chance to add to his list in Paris on Saturday.

From The Score Will Ireland win the Six Nations Championship? Our writers talk it out Call It

Will Ireland win the Six Nations Championship? Our writers talk it out

Logic seems to suggest that Ireland can’t lose, history begs to differ.

From The Score Saint-André facing tough questions as France prepare for Ireland Under Pressure

Saint-André facing tough questions as France prepare for Ireland

Les Bleus’ head coach is coming under increasing scrutiny as his side continues to stumble forward.

# france - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

From The Score Demons: Five French failures that can be exorcised with a win in Paris Fronting Up

Demons: Five French failures that can be exorcised with a win in Paris

They say you never know which France will turn up. Well, whoever shows up to play Ireland in Paris they’re usually good enough to win.

From The Score ‘This is not funny’ – France prop Nicolas Mas walks out of press conference Not Happy

‘This is not funny’ – France prop Nicolas Mas walks out of press conference

The 33-year-old tighthead prop took exception to being quizzed about the problems of the French scrum.

From The Score Analysis: Ireland’s midfield holds the key to unlocking French defence Analysis

Analysis: Ireland’s midfield holds the key to unlocking French defence

We’ve cracked out the GIFs and videos to examine the defensive strengths and weaknesses of Philippe Saint-André’s men.

# france - Monday 10 March, 2014

From The Score France move above Ireland in IRB rankings before Six Nations clash Outranked

France move above Ireland in IRB rankings before Six Nations clash

Philippe Saint-André’s men are one place above Joe Schmidt’s on the official list.

From The Score Sexton trusts in Schmidt’s game plan ahead of Parisian cup final Tactics

Sexton trusts in Schmidt’s game plan ahead of Parisian cup final

The Ireland out-half says he and his teammates will remain performance-focused despite what’s on the line.

From The Score France recall Picamoles for Ireland clash, but Parra misses out France

France recall Picamoles for Ireland clash, but Parra misses out

Racing Métro hooker Dimitri Swarzewski is also back in Philippe Saint-André’s squad.

# france - Sunday 9 March, 2014

From The Score After first away win since 2012, Saint-Andre confident home advantage will prove telling against Ireland Six Nations

After first away win since 2012, Saint-Andre confident home advantage will prove telling against Ireland

Scott Johnson, meanwhile, can’t quite understand how Scotland were denied a big scalp against France.

From The Score ‘Our best performance needs to come next week’ – Focus turns to France Expectations

‘Our best performance needs to come next week’ – Focus turns to France

Eoin Reddan says any ideas that Ireland travel to Paris as favourites are wide of the mark.

# france - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Obama calls European leaders over Ukraine crisis

The new measures will ‘noticeably affect relations between the international community and Russia’.

# france - Thursday 6 March, 2014

From The Score Seven changes for France as Saint-André makes controversial calls Les Bleus

Seven changes for France as Saint-André makes controversial calls

Gaël Fickou has been left on the bench, despite the absence of Wesley Fofana in the centre.

# france - Thursday 27 February, 2014

From The Score Morgan Parra banned for two weeks but will be free to play against Ireland Disciplined

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks but will be free to play against Ireland

The French scrum-half’s suspension means he’ll miss the clash with Scotland in round four of the Six Nations.

# france - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Column: The fight for the future of Ukraine is not over – not by a long shot

The deal struck between the government and opposition in Ukraine is a win for the EU … but Russia is not out of the fight, David Moloney.

From The Score France scrum-half Morgan Parra to learn Six Nations fate tomorrow Sentencing

France scrum-half Morgan Parra to learn Six Nations fate tomorrow

The Clermont number nine attended a disciplinary hearing in Paris this morning.

# france - Monday 24 February, 2014

From The Score France drop Louis Picamoles over lack of ‘respect’ towards Alain Rolland Discipline

France drop Louis Picamoles over lack of ‘respect’ towards Alain Rolland

Meanwhile, Clermont’s Morgan Parra has been added to Philippe Saint-André’s squad.

# france - Friday 21 February, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Friday

Everyone’s talking about Alan Shatter, tragic workplace accidents and angry Ryanair customers.

Ukrainian President Yanukovych gives in to early election demands

The Government has also agreed to constitutional changes and a national unity administration. Word is awaited from opposition leaders…

# france - Thursday 20 February, 2014

From The Daily Edge Politician tries to censor ‘nude’ children’s book, booksellers strip in protest Bare-Faced Cheek

# france - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

From The Score Wales drop Mike Phillips as France make just one change Starting XVs

Wales drop Mike Phillips as France make just one change

George North starts in the centre for the Welsh, as Saint-André make three switches to the French bench selection.

# france - Monday 17 February, 2014

Safety breaches not to blame for Schumacher ski crash — investigators

The crash that left the Formula One legend in a coma was not due to faulty material or safety breaches by the ski resort, French prosecutors have said.

# france - Thursday 13 February, 2014

Column: For the first time, a woman is to be the mayor of Paris

The campaign race for Paris city hall has the city abuzz as – for the first time in the 2,000 year history of the capital – a female will be mayor, writes Natalie Tennyson.

# france - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

From The Score Sexton: ‘All those headlines could have said that I’d be here forever’ Allez Racing

Sexton: ‘All those headlines could have said that I’d be here forever’

The Racing Métro out-half has had to cope with off the pitch demands as the Parisian club has struggled for form.

# france - Monday 10 February, 2014

From The Score Saint-Andre disappointed with French indiscipline Six Nations

Saint-Andre disappointed with French indiscipline

The French were 20-point winners in Paris on Sunday afternoon.

# france - Friday 7 February, 2014

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and four ministers will make a visit to Paris today

They will be meeting with experts from the OECD on what the Taoiseach’s department has described as “working visit”.

# france - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Criminal investigation launched into photo of Hollande’s alleged lover

Closer magazine published a photograph of Julie Gayet driving her car, which is considered a private place under French law.

From The Score Nora Stapleton column: We haven’t spoken about another Grand Slam Column

Nora Stapleton column: We haven’t spoken about another Grand Slam

The Ireland out-half takes us behind the scenes to explain their preparation for the clash with Wales.

# france - Monday 3 February, 2014

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Man in court for throwing four-month-old kitten into the air France This post contains images

Man in court for throwing four-month-old kitten into the air

The kitten, Oscar, suffered a broken foot and a stomach injury during the incident, which was filmed and uploaded to Facebook.

From The Score Top 5 Six Nations plays of the week Big Plays

Top 5 Six Nations plays of the week

These incidents didn’t always make a big impact on the game, but they did look kinda cool.

From The Score 6 talking points from the opening weekend of the Six Nations Review

6 talking points from the opening weekend of the Six Nations

Ireland lead the way after the first round of action, while Scotland prop up the table.

# france - Saturday 1 February, 2014

From The Score VIDEO: Gaël Fickou’s thrilling try steals victory for Les Bleus Winner

VIDEO: Gaël Fickou’s thrilling try steals victory for Les Bleus

Toulouse’s rising star left an indelible mark on the Six Nations classic at the Stade de France.

From The Score France break English hearts in Six Nations classic in Paris Le Crunch

France break English hearts in Six Nations classic in Paris

Philippe Saint-Andre’s side enjoyed a brilliant start and finished the game in a similar manner.

# france - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

From The Score England drop Chris Ashton for 6 Nations opener against France 6 Nations

England drop Chris Ashton for 6 Nations opener against France

The Sarries man will be swan diving at home this weekend.

Flying this week? Two days of air traffic control strikes are due

Some disruption at a number of European airports could be on the way for airline passengers.

From The Score Pressure on France’s Saint-André ahead of ‘Le Crunch’ in Paris Allez Les Bleus

Pressure on France’s Saint-André ahead of ‘Le Crunch’ in Paris

France host England on Saturday, but they’ve got some out-half worries ahead of the game.