Oliseh ties France’s World Cup win to African talents

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France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a parade down the Champs-Elysees, where tens of thousands thronged after the team's 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday.

"France won the World Cup, and so on the show we celebrated that, and I had this joke where I said Africa won the World Cup", he tells the audience, referring to the fact that numerous French soccer players are of African descent.

French ambassador to the US Gerard Araud on Wednesday sent Noah a stern letter criticising the joke, saying "nothing could be less true".

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Some called on France to recognize the victory as a much-needed wake-up call for the country to adopt policies upholding the rights and dignity of migrants and Muslims. "The rich and various backgrounds of these players is a reflection of France's diversity".

"And if French people are saying they can not be both, then I think they have a problem and not me". "But they're French, they're French", he added.

Penalty shoot-out victories over Denmark and Russian Federation followed in the last 16 and quarterfinals, respectively, before a 2-1 win against England in extra-time saw it reach its first ever World Cup final. The French Football Federation supported the producers, who said that the federation's president, Noël Le Graet, and managing director, Florence Hardouin, played an essential part in getting it made. "And if French people are saying that they can not be both, then I think they have a problem, and not me".

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"This team is attractive because you are united!"

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Why not? Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy got president Macron to dab in the locker room after the match, and you just knew that was going to happen. "Dear France, Congratulations on winning the #WorldCup".

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