This week’s “Video Of The Week” is from the “More Than A Game” Series, and focusses on the history of football in France, as seen through the prism of immigration. As Jean-Marie Le Pen seemed singularly unable to grasp, much of the success that the French national football team has had has been at least partly due to to immigrant players. This documentary, which was screened in Britain as part of the “World Cup Stories” series during the run up to the 2006 World Cup finals documents the history of a national team which gave the World Cup to the game and then took almost seven decades to win the competition.
It charts the expansive, almost romantic nature of French football and looks – perhaps naively, perhaps not – from the team that reached the semi-finals of the 1958 World Cup to the 1998 World Cup winning side, which was packed with immigrants and the children of immigrants, ad asks the question of whether this might finally change the public perception of immigration in a country that has had more than its fair share of divisions along racial lines over the years. This is a YouYube video, so it is divided up into five handy ten minute bites.