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Official appeals to France's team

Updated: June 22, 2010, 10:38 AM ET
Associated Press

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa -- French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot says she reduced France's disgraced World Cup stars to tears with an emotional speech on the eve of their final Group A match against South Africa.

With the France team on the verge of elimination from the World Cup ahead of Tuesday's game, Bachelot called an emergency meeting Monday to tell the players they had let the country down and had one last chance to redeem themselves.

Bachelot said the players "applauded ...

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