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Sarkozy clinches Euro 2016 for France

Sarkozy clinches Euro 2016 for France

President Nicolas Sarkozy praised France's vanquished rivals like a conquering hero, offering Europe a financial guarantee for its 2016 football championship and posing for photographs.
The balloting had yet to start, yet it seemed France would have just enough support to beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the Euro 2016.
And the suspicion was strengthened when Sarkozy retook his seat beside Michel Platini, accepting a hearty handshake from the president of European football's governing body UEFA, and spoke into the ear of his fellow Frenchman like an old confidante.
An hour later, France's win was confirmed by a slim 7-6 vote over Turkey.


Updated : 2021-05-08 10:30 GMT+08:00