France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match

This is one of the matches that could easily have been the Final of this 2018 World Cup in Russia. Both teams have the strength, speed and determination to be a FIFA World Champion, but only one can take a step forward to the finals.

France and Belgium will meet Tuesday in St. Petersburg, after both teams booked their spots among the most talented in the 2018 staging of the soccer World Cup. Both teams were among the favorites during the 'pre-tournament' analysis.

This fixture is one of the matches that could easily have been the 'Final' of this 2018 World Cup in Russia. Both teams have the strength, speed and determination to be a FIFA World Champion, but only one can take a giant step forward to the finals.

The Breakdown: Belgium

A Belgian national team, with players such as Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, who are part of the country's "golden generation," directing them is Spanish Coach Roberto Martinez, who has had a positive impact on this national outfit.

Belgium has waited over three decades to get as far as the semifinals in a World Cup. Now, with well-orchestrated teamwork, the "golden generation" is determined to fight for the championship. This is the team with the highest number of goals scored in the World Cup, 15, so far.

Complemented by one of the world's best goalkeepers, Thibaut Courtois.

The Breakdown: France

Facing them is France, the 1998 World Cup winner, that has players such as Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba or Antoine Griezman. They are trained by Didier Deschamps, who won the Cup in 1998 as a player and is now trying to do the same as a coach.

Another key piece in this national team, to possibly achieve the important victory, is the experience of its goalkeeper. Even though France has a young team, they also have a very experienced player on the team, the goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.

The Conclusion

This match promises lots of action - a firecracker, on paper anyway.

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Mbappe's Goal Helps France Gain Victory 1-0 Over Peru, Advance to Play-Offs

Last Saturday, addressing the upcoming game, Peru striker Jose Paolo Guerrero said that his team could beat France. Last time the teams played against one another in 1982, and on that occasion Peru was victorious.

This is the second game in Group C for both teams. Earlier, France managed to win over Australia 2-1, while Peru lost to Denmark 0-1.

However, after Denmark and Australia drew a tie 1-1 earlier in the day in Samara, it is unclear which teams will enter the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to the statistics, more than 31,800 fans visited the game in Yekaterinburg.

On 34th minute 19-years-old Kylian Mbappé broke the match open, becoming the youngest player to score for France in world cup tournaments. Peru failed to strike back during the first time, and, despite all the struggle — in the second time as well.

After the game situation in the Group C became less misty, as France books its place in the knockout stage regardless of upcoming match against Denmark, while Peru team lays aside all hopes for the advancement.

Now the destiny of Denmark and Australia teams depends on their last games, against France and Peru respectively. If Australia wins and Denmark loses, the goal difference to decide, who would enter the knockout stage.

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'Incoherent and inconsistent' France hits out at ‘angry’ Trump as US pulls out of G7 pact

Mr Trump, who initially appeared ready to endorse the communique, pulled out after firing off a series of angry tweets aimed at Canadian premier Justin Trudeau.

But a French official insisted France and its fellow G7 European nations were maintaining their support communique and said anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency”.

He said: "International co-operation cannot depend on being angry and on sound bites. Let's be serious.”

The official hit out after Mr Trump's backed out of the statement drawn up at the Quebec summit, wrecking any attempts for elite group’s efforts to show a united front.

The US President’s announcement, made after he left the summit in Canada early, torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its allies.

And he made no secret of who he held responsible for his decision to withdraw support.

Mr Trump tweeted: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting' and he 'will not be pushed around.'

“Very dishonest and weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270 percent on dairy!" the U.S. president tweeted.

Mr Trump had already left the summit when Mr Trudeau announced retaliatory measures Canada would take next month in response to US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Mr Trudeau said: ”Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around.”

Reacting to Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau's office said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the summit.

“The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President."

Mr Trump's salvo capped a rollecoaster two days of controversies that began with his suggestion Russia be readmitted to the G7, then what a French official described as a "rant" full of "recriminations" against US trading partners, followed by a denial of any tensions with leaders at the summit and his description of their relationship as a "10."

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the international nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Cuba Domadores earn narrow first-leg lead in World Series of Boxing semi-final

Cuba Domadores celebrated victory in the first leg of their World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-final against the French Fighting Roosters in Paris.

Cuba Domadores, the 2014 and 2016 champions, were hoping a strong away performance could set them up for a fifth consecutive appearance in the finals of the franchise event.

Jorge Grinan looked to give the Domadores an ideal start when he met the French Fighting Roosters overseas boxer Gabriel Escobar Mascuñano in the under 52 kilogram flyweight bout.

The Cuban fighter suffered defeat as Mascuñano earned a unanimous points victory.

Sofiane Oumiha represented the hosts in the 60kg lightweight event at Salle Wagram, where he faced Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez, a two-time Olympic bronze medallist.

Victory was earned by Oumiha, who edged Alvarez after a closely fought encounter.

Action continued with the 69kg welterweight division, which saw France’s Patrick Momene take on Roniel Iglesias.

Iglesias, London 2012 Olympic champion in the light welterweight division, prevailed via a unanimous points verdict.

The penultimate fight of the evening saw home favourite Gaetan Ntambwe meet the Domadores’ Julio La Cruz in the 81kg light heavyweight event.

The first leg concluded with an over 91kg super heavyweight showdown between the Roosters’ Mihai Nistor and Cuban rival Jose Larduet.

A strong performance saw Larduet secure victory on points.

The Domadores will seek to defend their advantage when the two teams meet again next Friday (May 25).

The second leg of the semi-final will take place at the Coliseo Ciudad Deportiva in Havana.

Defending champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan will hope to hold off the British Lionhearts the following day.

Yesterday, the Kazakh team earned a 3-2 victory in their away match in Sheffield.

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French Art to Flood Havana during May, June

Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) With a varied and attractive activity program, the 3rd edition of the French Culture Month in Cuba will take place in this capital from May 10 to June 30, according to its organizers.

The annual meeting proposes an event in which all the artistic expressions will converge, valorizing the relations of cooperation and friendship between both peoples, assured in a press conference French ambassador to Cuba, Jean-Marie Bruno.

Created on the initiative of the former French president François Hollande during his visit to Havana in May 2015, the activity will show a creative dialogue between contemporary artists of the two countries, in the fields of visual arts, dance, theater, music, design and architecture, said the French diplomat.

The event will open with the unveiling of an art nouveau-style stained glass by the artist Aguste Labouret (1871-1964), rescued from one of the stately mansions of the Cuban capital and whose author was one of the most renowned master glassmakers in the world.

The world premiere of the work 'The Consecration', based on 'The Consecration of Spring', a version of French choreographers Christophe Beranger and Jonathan Pranlas-Descours performed by Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, stands out among the planned shows.

The program also includes the staging of the opera Romeo and Juliet, with a cast composed of soloists from lyric groups of the island, Cuban soprano Barbara Llanes and French mezzo-soprano Juliette Vialle.

Clashes with police in Paris during rally against Macron’s public-sector reforms

Police have clashed with protesters in Paris during a demonstration against Emmanuel Macron’s public-sector reforms. The rioters were seen throwing stones at police and igniting firecrackers.

The protesters were marching near Place de la Bastille and Place de la Nation, the usual spots for all sorts of rallies in the capital. Once some of the demonstrators started pelting law enforcement with stones, officers in riot gear moved in, resulting in clashes. The stand-off continued after some of the demonstrators fled to the narrow streets.

A young male with his face covered in blood was later seen in the Ruptly live transmission. It is, however, not clear whether he was a protestor or not.

@RT_com Clashes with cops in Paris get violent - WATCH LIVE: https://on.rt.com/91mi

Train workers, civil servants, airline pilots, lawyers, teachers and doctors joined the protests across the French capital. “If we do nothing, the government will not back down,” Philippe Martinez, the leader of the CGT, one of the largest civil servant unions, said ahead of the protests.

The protest is the latest test for the 40-year-old centrist president, who has recently been pushing his new reforms for the public sector and state railways. The date, March 22, has been specifically chosen by demonstrators in reference to massive strikes that brought the French economy to a virtual halt in 1968.

Macron’s first year in office is facing harsh reviews from many corners. According to a survey by the Ipsos polling group published on Wednesday, his approval rating stands at 37 percent. At least 55 percent have a negative view of his presidency.

 

 

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Cuba, France to Promote Marine Sciences Collaboration

Specialists from the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and the Cuban Meteorology Institute (INSMET) announced today the development of regional collaboration projects to reduce the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems.

Both institutions, supported by the French embassy in Havana, organized an International Oceanography Course in which meteorologists, biochemists, biologists and ecologists from Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana are also participating.

National and foreign experts of these disciplines are meeting for the first time in the Cuban capital to exchange methods and techniques that can be used not only in physical but also biological oceanography.

Amilkar Calzada, National Coordinator of the event, told Prensa Latina that as a result of the scientific exchange, the proposal of a joint project among Brazil, France and Cuba will be presented to guarantee the training and updating of technologies between those countries.

The idea is to extend it throughout the region to promote the protection of marine species, its presence in some coastal areas and the course of their migrations, he said.

According to Calzada, the meeting's agenda also includes issues related to the main biochemical cycles in marine waters, the ocean-atmosphere interaction and the maritime processes related to tropical cyclones.

The scientific event based at the Meteorology Institute in Havana will conclude on March 9.

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Cuba, France Sign Agreement to Strengthen Academic Cooperation

Cuban ambassador to France, Elio Rodríguez, and the rector of the Academy of Paris, Gilles Pécout, have signed an agreement aimed at strengthening academic cooperation between the parties, diplomatic sources informed today.

According to a statement, the deal was signed at the headquarters of the Paris-Sorbonne University, in order to also promote exchange in the technical-professional training.

The two officials agreed to highlight the positive state of the academic and university ties between Cuba and France, and reiterated the will to continue strengthening them.



A representation of professors and students of the Lycee Hotelier Guillaume Tirel, which cooperates with the schools of the system for professional tourism training in Cuba, Formatur, transferred their positive impressions on the internship carried out on the island last year.

Authorities of the Academy of Paris, such as its director, Jean-Michel Coignard, and officials of the Cuban embassy in France, attended the ceremony.

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