This time it's on: Les Bleus have arrived in Doha

It’s (really) gone. After two days of gathering at Clairefontaine, the Blues got back to the heart of the matter on Wednesday, landing in Qatar around 7:30 p.m., or around 5:30 p.m. in Paris, AFP noted at Doha airport. The French delegation took off from Le Bourget on Wednesday morning. Didier Deschamps and his men must quickly immerse themselves in their competition, taking up residence at the Al Messila hotel, west of the city center, a five-star haven of peace appreciated by the staff for its green spaces and its tranquility. .

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In front of the hotel, several dozen fans gathered at the start of evening was able to welcome the fields of the world, most of the inhabitants of Doha coming from Lebanon, France or India, equipped with flags, jerseys, trumpets and drums. “ For me, the World Cup has always been a dream, and there I have the opportunity to see my country play here in Qatar, in my country of expatriation “, enthuses with AFP Nina-Lou Fanget , an 18-year-old high school student living in Doha, who is impatient. “ For us, the World Cup has already started three years ago!

Collect Benzema and Varane

The Blues nevertheless remain attentive to the recovery of defensive leader Raphaël Varane and Ballon d’Or Karim Benzema, both affected in the thigh and absent from the group sessions so far The other concern of the French team, before the tournament, is extra-sporting: the French were summoned to take a stand on the controversies surrounding the host country, targeted by NGOs concerning its management of human rights, in particular on the construction sites of the World Cup .

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    Will the reviews be extinguished by the commitment made on Tuesday by the Blues to provide investor support to NGOs working “ could defend human rights “, recalling in passing their ” attachment ” to “ refusal of any form of discrimination

    “? Their captain Hugo Lloris assumed with AFP the fact of “ keeping the focus on the game and avoiding losing energy with these elements, which are unfortunately not the responsibility” of the players.

    ( With AFP) Maillard-Pacini

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