France players acknowledge the fans after beating Germany 2-0 in the Euro 2016 semi-final football match between Germany and France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on July 7, 2016. AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ
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After 12 traumatic months buffeted by terror attacks, political turmoil and floods, France finally has something to shout about with its team's success in Euro 2016 .Those fears have so far proved unfounded and the nation has slowly got behind the team in a way that resembles 1998, when France won the World Cup on home soil.France appears to be falling in love with its new team after it was tinged with scandal and badly underperformed for a decade.Just five players remain in the current squad from the 23 involved in the stormy 2010 tournament.Before the tournament, the coach decided not to select star striker Karim Benzema for the squad after he was charged with complicity in a sex-tape blackmail scandal involving teammate Mathieu Valbuena.France and its football team have been here before – in 1998, the myth was presented of a "black-blanc-beur," or "black-white-Arab" team, a set of players including star midfielder Zinedine Zidane who reflected a harmonious multi-ethnic society.Deschamps captained that team and is reluctant to make such lofty claims for his set of players.
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