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Racism In French Soccer: Dissecting A National Scandal

Once the emblem of a harmonious and multicultural France, the French national soccer team is currently engulfed in a scandal that mirrors wider racism inside (and outside) the sport.

Success for Zidane, son of Algerian immigrants, once fed wider optimism about French multiculturalism. (Stefo)
Success for Zidane, son of Algerian immigrants, once fed wider optimism about French multiculturalism. (Stefo)
Pascal Blanchard and Yvan Gastaut

PARIS - A race-quota scandal gripping France's top soccer establishment began on April 28 when investigative French website Mediapart published controversial comments from the transcript of a November 8, 2010 meeting of some of the country's top soccer officials. The comments appear to call for 30 percent quotas capping young black and Arab players at top soccer academies.

A chain of events has ensued in recent days: attempts at explanation by national coach Laurent Blanc who was at the meeting, sanctions against an official of the French Football Federation (FFF), a thorough investigation by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and public demands for Blanc's resignation.

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As Iran Protests Spread, Regime Is Busy Clinging To Power

Facing resurgent protests in several provinces, Iran's clerical regime now relies on two defenses: brute force and Western appeasement. But its days may be numbered as younger Iranians are increasingly emboldened to demand a different future.

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Elahe Boghrat

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Governing ordinarily consists of assuring the security and welfare of a population or nation, within a state or territory. Take away one element from that equation and the government in question begins to move toward failure, defeat, and perhaps its downfall.

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