July 10th, 2006

batou: them's fightin' words

Zizou Smash

And another headbutt/video game mash-up

Defender Lilian Thuram responds to French presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen's complaint that, due to the number of non-white players on the squad, it is not "French" enough.
"What can I say about Monsieur Le Pen?" said Thuram ruefully. "Clearly, he is unaware that there are Frenchmen who are black, Frenchmen who are white, Frenchmen who are brown. I think that reflects particularly badly on a man who has aspirations to be president of France but yet clearly doesn't know anything about French history or society.

"That's pretty serious. He's the type of person who'd turn on the television and see the American basketball team and wonder: 'Hold on, there are black people playing for America? What's going on?'"