France’s government is demanding reassurances on safety from Ireland and England before allowing its national side to play in those countries during t(...)

Olympique Lyonnais players take part in a training session at Groupama Stadium in Décines-Charpieu as last Wednesday as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

Finally, it seemed, the battle was over. After a month of uncertainty and in-fighting and turmoil, French soccer at last had closure. The highest admi(...)

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu has said there is no guarantee that the Tour de France will go ahead this year. Photograph:  Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

There is no guarantee that the Tour de France will go ahead this year due to the Covid-19 crisis, French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said on Tu(...)

The Lyon president is to seek damages for ‘loss of opportunity’. Photograph: Getty Images

Olympique Lyonnais will seek millions of euros in damages as they face being deprived of European competition for the first time in a quarter of a cen(...)

Wales’ Ross Moriarty high ackles Gael Fickou of France.  The prospect of less concussions  due to safer waist-high tackling and no double hits, leading to more offloads and opportunities for the attacking team, is  exciting. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Whenever life returns to something resembling what we once called normal, and sport and rugby also come back into our lives, nothing will clearly ever(...)

In this file photograph taken in  2018, France’s Julian Alaphilippe, wearing the best climber’s polka dot jersey, seizes the fork of Tour de France fan Didi Senft during the 17th stage of the Tour de France. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

It is too soon to decide whether the Tour de France can go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic, but if it does it may be without roadside spectators (...)

The original time slot for the Tour de France is June 27th to July 19th. Photograph: Getty Images

Although measures throughout Europe are being stepped up to combat Covid-19, including ever-tougher steps being taken in France, the organisers of the(...)

France and England in action at Stade de France. Doubt persists as to whether Ireland will play their French hosts at the venue on Saturday week.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The conclusion to the Guinness 2020 Six Nations remains shrouded in doubt. For the time being, the France-Ireland game at the Stade de France on Satur(...)

 The Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille was halted for several minutes after fans displayed a homophobic banner. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

At the offices of France’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) on Rue Léo Delibes, the hope had been that Thursday would deliver a first step towards(...)

Emmanuel Macron with National Assembly speaker François de Rugy. Mr Macron replaced ecology minister Nicolas Hulot with Mr de Rugy on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron chose continuity and loyalty over change when he ordered the smallest possible cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, replaci(...)

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