France’s top sports paper L’Equipe cast Kylian Mbappe – ‘the man all England fears’ – as JAMES BOND on their cover ahead of the World Cup quarter-final… with the French media in confident mood
- French press lead on huge quarter-final clash between England and France
- L’Equipe cast Kylian Mbappe as British spy character James Bond on front page
- Paris Saint Germain star – the top scorer at this World Cup – dominates headlines
- Likes of Le Telegramme, L’yonne and Liberation all lead on Saturday’s game
Attention in France’s main newspapers has turned to Saturday night’s World Cup quarter-final clash with England – with Kylian Mbappe’s face dominating the news stands across the country on the morning of the game.
L’Equipe, the country’s top sports paper, cast Mbappe as James Bond – the archetypal British spy character.
Alongside a picture of Mbappe is the seminal headline: ‘Losing can wait’. While it claims that ‘all England’ fears the young Frenchman, who is the top scorer at this year’s World Cup with five goals.
L’Equipe lead the French press in building up to the huge clash between France and England
Le Parisien bill the game ‘Clash Royale’ – pinning the hopes of the two nations on their two main stars
‘All England fear Kylian Mbappe in this quarter-final which promises to be so special,’ the front page’s stand first reads. ‘The first World Cup match in direct elimination between two great rivals not only sporting. Woe to the one who returns home first.’
Naturally, L’Equipe were not the only paper to focus in on Saturday’s clash between the two great rivals.
L’Montagne splash on Mbappe looking regal on their front page, alongside the headline: ‘The king Mbappe defies the English’.
Le Dauphine opt for a similar theme in Battaille Royale – Battle Royale
Le Telegramme, a daily from Brittany, goes with the English-language headline: ‘So exciting’. Though accompanied by a shot of the France team together rather than just Mbappe.
Liberation opted for the Mbappe theme, with the superstar splashed in black and white with the headline ‘Kylian Calling’ accompanying his photo. It is clear from the front pages where the French press believe their chances lie on Saturday.
Meanwhile, La Depeche opted to crank up the temperature, suggesting it was the ‘English gentleman’ – drawing on something close to that James Bond theme again – that will leave the tournament first.
They refer to England as ‘formidable’, saying they stand in the way of France’s ambition to continue on their World Cup ‘adventure’.
Le Parisien bill it as ‘Clash Royale’.
While Le Dauphine go for ‘Battle Royale’.
Ouest France have a picture of Mbappe smiling alongside Didier Deschamps in training alongside the ominous headline: ‘The World Cup: Time for France-England clash’.