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PARIS - All of France must cheer on its World Cup football team, a French government spokesperson said yesterday in remarks aimed at the country's junior sports minister for criticising the team's choice of a posh hotel.
Junior sports minister Rama Yade caused a stir at the weekend when she said the Bleus should have shown some "decency" during hard times by not choosing a five-star resort to stay in while in South Africa.
Government spokesperson Luc Chatel said it was unfortunate that the controversy had erupted just a few days before the start of the World Cup.
"What is important is that all of the French, including members of the government, be behind their team," said Chatel on France Inter radio.
Yade said on radio that the Spanish team had chosen to stay at a university campus and suggested that the French squad's expenses would be hard to justify if they lose.
"If France goes a long way, the choice of a site offering the best training conditions will appear judicious. But if results do not fulfil expectations then those in charge will have some explaining to do," Yade said.
"I hope that the French team wow us by their results rather than the swankiness of their hotels. I have called on them to show some decency in times of crisis."
The French, who were champions in 1998 but who struggled to qualify for this year's event in South Africa, will stay at the five-star Pezula Resort at Knysna in the Western Cape. - Sapa-AFP