France’s World Cup Triumph
Andrew Hussey, an editor of the Guardian, writes about his World Cup season experience in France. Paris’ 14th arrondissement is a refurbished diversified neighborhood and home to council estates with a large immigrant population. France's Tuesday win against Belgium was widely celebrated by a great multitude of fans gathering on the Champs-Élysées. The win was the termination of all the fans in France who celebrated in diverse ways. France is home for racial blends with a representation of several ethnicities. The most prominent thing about the Champs-Élysées converging was the number of young people in attendance. Their age dates in the millennials and they have not witnessed their country becoming a world champion in football. In fact, most of them read about their 1998 win in history books.
The French team comprises of young people. This is mainly indifferent to history and not considered down by the past. By the time France won the World Cup for the last time, some superstars like Kylian Mbappé were not yet born. However, institutions like the media are faced with melancholy at work. ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor has been the anthem on the regular news program on TF1. While many cannot sing the words apart from the chorus, it had been the multitude's anthem in 1998. Like the Three Lions in England, the song has a similar emotive charge to a certain age of French individuals.
The French 1998 World Cup team bears a political reminiscence as the creation of a new, different France. According to the Guardian, this team gained the moniker génération black, blanc, beur meaning the black-white-Arab age band. Despite the foreseeable rumbling from Front National’s then leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, racism was erased in many people’s minds. The team had become the future of France with the leadership of Zinedine Zidane. The moment was short-lasting due to internal problems in France, among other factors.
The French and England’s Gareth Southgate have a similarity in being ethnically varied but with a difference in their social framework. Most of the non-white players come from the suburbs in France like many other best players in the world. However, even with the triumph in World Cup win, some glitches still exist within. This includes riots on Nante’s outskirts when police killed a man in a halt-and-search mission. Since 1998, French football has been delusionary viewed as the society’s reflection. It is hard to tell whether the healing magic is real. However, the French national football team offers hope to many generations.
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