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The French soccer team: A microcosm of France's larger problems?

By CBS News

Whenever you consider France, you would imagine of art, tradition, baguettes, crepes ... and because the inaugural World Cup in 1930, you think of football. The French nationwide football group, which was playing in the Stade de France whenever ISIS militants set off suicide bombs within a coordinated number of attacks Nov. 13, 2015, won the FIFA World Cup in 1998. It narrowly lost the 2006 event on penalty kicks, two Cups later on. It's been house to some of the best players worldwide, including Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini. And the ones players have hailed from an eclectic mixture of cultural backgrounds and previous French colonies.

French soccer people warm up during a training session in South Africa, Summer 8, 2010.

Francois Mori/AP

"The French team is a symbol of France, " says Julien Villain, an 18-year-old resident of Saint-Denis, who was simply interviewed for the CBSN Originals documentary, "Les Banlieues: Seeds of Terror." "you will find black individuals, Algerian folks, African individuals from all around the globe. All colors tend to be represented. Once they win, everyone is French. If they drop, all of them are strangers."

For the reason that, Villain argues the French soccer team is a microcosm of France in general. As soon as the nation does well, he states, it views all its people as French. When atrocities happen, on the other hand, it is a country split. "whenever we shed, there is certainly you to definitely blame, " states Villain. "And they blame the man or perhaps the girl that is distinctive from almost all."

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