Is France’s World Cup Team ‘African’? It Depends Who’s Asking

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, right, looks on as French President Emmanuel Macron kisses France’s Kylian Mbappe after France won the World Cup, Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2018 (AP photo by Martin Meissner).
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, right, looks on as French President Emmanuel Macron kisses France’s Kylian Mbappe after France won the World Cup, Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2018 (AP photo by Martin Meissner).
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PARIS—If, as the old saw has it, the United States and the United Kingdom are two countries separated by a common language, the United States and France are surely two countries separated by common ideals. But good intentions on both sides of the Atlantic often get lost in translation, with the latest example being the high-profile dispute between late-night comedy show host Trevor Noah and France’s ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, over the identity of the World Cup champion French national soccer team. (Noah is South African, but his show is produced in the U.S. for an American audience.) […]

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