EURO 2016

French minister fumes over Euro 2016 song in English

English has somehow managed to spoil France's build-up to Euro 2016.

French minister fumes over Euro 2016 song in English
Photo: Screengrab YouTube/SkipTheUse
A French minister on Monday described as “incomprehensible” the choice of a song in English as the official anthem for
French supporters at Euro 2016.

Andre Vallini, the secretary of state for Francophony, said the French Football Federation's decision to choose a cover of “I Was Made for Lovin' You” performed by the French group (with an English name) Skip The Use was “very concerning”.

“Euro 2016 will be a great festival of sport which is taking place in France and will therefore project the image of our country abroad. And our language too!

“It is therefore incomprehensible that the anthem of the French national team should be in English,” Vallini said.

The song, originally performed by American rock veterans Kiss, has been renamed “I Was Made for Lovin' You, My Team” for the tournament.

Skip The Use's lead singer Mat Bastard said the group was asked to record the song ahead of others by French singers Charles Trenet and Jean-Jacques Goldman “because it was the song which meant the most to us”.

The guitarist Yann said there was no need to over react and that all that matters was whether the supporters liked the song or not.

The Local's readers suggested the real controversy was not so much the language but the actual choice of anthem.


Vallini also bemoaned the fact that France's entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, “J'ai cherche” by Amir, features a chorus largely in English.

“At a time when we are defending the place of the French language in international institutions, and especially European institutions… it is incomprehensible that for these two big popular events, the French language has lowered its guard,” he added.

Euro 2016 takes place from June 10 to July 10 while the Eurovision song contest takes place on May 14th.

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EURO 2016

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy

Hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament cost France less than €200 million ($211 million) but brought some €1.22 billion into the country, according to figures released by the ministry of sports Tuesday.

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy

There was controversy over the public funds poured into the tournament, with some 24 million euros — double the expected cost — spent on security in light of an increased terrorist threat.

The state spent a further 160 million euros on building and renovating venues for the June and July event, while private funds and tournament organiser UEFA covered the remaining costs.

But Euro 2016 brought 1.221 billion euros into the country both in tourism and spending directly related to the organisation of the tournament, according to data compiled by the Centre of the Law and Economics of Sport at Limoges University (CDES) and the consultancy firm Keneo.

In calculating the figures, researchers took into account the loss from potential tourists who would have stayed away from France to avoid the tournament, as well as the state funds which could have been used elsewhere had they not been set aside for venues.

The average tournament visitor spent 154 euros a day, with most of that going on accommodation and eating out, the study said, with tourism providing a 625.8 million euro boost to the country.

UEFA spent some 360 million euros on organising the tournament in the country, while 24 participating teams gave the economy a 34.9 million euro boost.

Accredited persons for the event spent 34.8 million euros while in the country, and sponsors 22.6 million euros, according to the figures.

Last January the CDES predicted Euro 2017 would bring in 1.266 billion euros in additional expenditure, or 0.1 percent of France's GDP.