• A Beautiful Vision of a Country That Doesn't Exist

    6 days ago - By Slate

    The café-terrace intellectuals of France are spending the run-up to Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow plumbing the team's run for some deeper meaning. Human roadrunner Kylian Mbappé as the figurehead of Emanuel Macron's start-up nation? OK! Mostly, though, they're wrestling with the question that pulses through the past two decades of French football: Does this multi-racial, multi-ethnic team playing in perfect harmony serve as a model, an inspiration, a sign for a country riven by divides over race and religion?
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