Didier Deschamps

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  Didier Deschamps with  Karim Benzema who  accused the France coach of bowing to pressure from a “racist” political party by not choosing him for the country’s Euro 2016 squad. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

The leader of France’s far-right Front National has described Karim Benzema’s accusations of racism against national team manager Didier Deschamps as (...)

Karim Benzema  poses with Marcel Desailly following the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Probably not the best interviewee in the world. “You’re the leader?” Marcel Desailly asked the first journalist to peer over the parapet. Leadership(...)

 A  file photo from  June  2013 shows French  head coach Didier Deschamps speaking  to forward Karim Benzema  during a training session at the Gremio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Photograph:   Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema said he was denied the chance to play for France in the Euro 2016 this month because of his Algerian origins. The (...)

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho is now free to play. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been handed a Euro 2016 lifeline after Uefa chose not to extend his suspension from football after a positive dru(...)

Former France international Eric Cantona has questioned whether Didier Deschamps excluded some players from his Euro 2016 squad on the grounds of ethnicity. Photo: Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images

Eric Cantona has controversially suggested the ethnicity of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa may have been a factor in the France manager Didier Desch(...)

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been named in France’s 23-man squad for the European Championships to be held in the country. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Didier Deschamps picked seasoned striker Olivier Giroud on Thursday for his 23-man squad for the European soccer championship, which Fran(...)

Karim Benzema revealed on his Twitter account that he will not feature for France at Euro 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Karim Benzema will not be selected for France’s Euro 2016 campaign, the country’s football federation (FFF) has announced. Benzema pleaded his case f(...)

 Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is still eager to feature in Euro2016. Photograph: Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

Karim Benzema said he will put his trust in Didier Deschamps and Noël Le Graët when they meet on Wednesday to discuss his future with France ahead of (...)

Dimitri Payet scored a stunning free-kick as France beat Russia 4-2. Photograph: Reuters

Dimitri Payet staked his Euro 2016 claims with a sumptuous strike for France that he called a “beautiful birthday present”. The West Ham midfielder c(...)

France’s staff members at the Amsterdam Arena. Photograph: Getty Images

A symbol of these complex times, which shadow the buildup towards Euro 2016, took the form of a special visitor to Clairefontaine, as the French natio(...)

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