French minister fumes at Euro 2016 song in English

first_img0Shares0000The trophy of the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament is pictured ahead of the final draw in Paris on December 12, 2015. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, May 2 – A French minister on Monday described as “incomprehensible” the choice of a song in English as the official anthem for French supporters at Euro 2016.Andre Vallini, the secretary of state for Francophony, said the French Football Federation’s decision to choose a cover of “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” performed by French group Skip The Use was “very concerning”. “Euro 2016 will be a great festival of sport which is taking place in France and will therefore project the image of our country abroad. And our language too!“It is therefore incomprehensible that the anthem of the French national team should be in English,” Vallini said.The song, originally performed by American rock veterans Kiss, has been renamed “I Was Made for Lovin’ You, My Team” for the tournament.Skip The Use’s lead singer Mat Bastard said the group was asked to record the song ahead of others by French singers Charles Trenet and Jean-Jacques Goldman “because it was the song which meant the most to us”.Vallini also bemoaned the fact that France’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, “J’ai cherche” by Amir, features a chorus largely in English.“At a time when we are defending the place of the French language in international institutions, and especially European institutions… it is incomprehensible that for these two big popular events, the French language has lowered its guard,” he added.Euro 2016 takes place from June 10 to July 10.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton returns to management with Nottingham Forest

first_img1 Nottingham Forest have announced the appointment of Mark Warburton as their new manager.The 54-year-old has penned a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Championship club.Gary Brazil has been in interim charge of Forest since January, following the departure of Philippe Montanier.“Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Warburton as the club’s first-team manager, replacing Gary Brazil,” read a statement on the club’s official website.Warburton’s first game in charge of Forest will be against east midlands rivals Derby at the City Ground on Saturday.Derby will also have a new boss in the dugout, having appointed Gary Rowett as Steve McClaren’s successor earlier on Tuesday.Warburton has previous experience of managing in the Championship with Brentford, while he most recently spent 18 months in charge of Rangers.He led Rangers to promotion to the Scottish Premiership in his first season at the helm, but left in February in acrimonious circumstances.He will be joined at Forest by assistant David Weir, who also worked alongside him at Ibrox. Mark Warburton last_img read more

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