France: New Cat Cafe Is The Pet Of Paris
Confidence returning to improving France team
You have to talk about the match, how spectacular it was. If it was 6-0 then that’s down to the whole team.” Benzema remains under pressure, however, and in the last two games has lost his starting place to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, who scored twice and led the line brilliantly against the Australians with his touch and link play. “Giroud must take credit,” Deschamps said. “He started against Belarus and yesterday, and he also scored.” Giroud said in an interview leading up to the game that he felt he had earned the right to start at No. 9. “We scored six, that’s why I’m smiling today, and because I scored twice. I won’t lie,” Giroud said. “I have a lot of belief in this team.” Giroud clearly thrived with the recalled Samir Nasri playing behind him in a playmaker role – like when Giroud scored on his debut against Germany in February, 2012. But with a goal and three assists, Franck Ribery underlined his status as France’s inspirational player. The 30-year-old winger is in the best form of his career for Bayern Munich and France is reaping the benefits. However, that does make France look a bit predictable at times, as many of the attacks stem from the left, where Manchester United defender Patrice Evra likes to combine with Ribery.
International Friendly: France 6 Australia 0
Didier Deschamps’ men meet Finland in their last Group I qualifier on Tuesday, and they should head into that game with a great deal of confidence after producing an excellent performance. Arsenal striker Giroud was at the heart of a fine display, scoring twice in the first half after Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery had opened the scoring with a penalty. Further strikes from Newcastle United duo Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy added to Australia’s misery, before Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema ended a 16-month goal drought to put further gloss on a superb showing. Newcastle striker Loic Remy made his first appearance for France since March as he was named in the starting XI, while Australia’s side featured six changes from their 6-0 defeat to Brazil last month. France almost took the lead inside four minutes as Mitchell Langerak produced a fine save to deny Giroud from close range. However, just four minutes later they did find opening goal when Ribery slotted home from the spot after David Carney had handled in the area. The hosts continued to dictate in the early stages, and they soon doubled their advantage, Giroud latching on to Ribery’s pull back before lifting a sublime finish over Langerak and into the bottom corner. Australia offered little as an attacking force in the opening half, and they conceded their third after just 27 minutes as Giroud tapped in at the end of a sublime move between Ribery and Samir Nasri. France continued to surge forward and duly added a fourth on the half-hour mark through Cabaye, who lashed a powerful finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the area after meeting Ribery’s lay-off. Raphael Varane and Cabaye went close before the break, but Australia did not heed those warnings as Debuchy capitalised on poor defensive work from Australia to make it 5-0 after 47 minutes with a brilliant left-footed volley. France refused to relent and dished out further punishment shortly after, substitute Benzema turning home Ribery’s left-wing cross to score his first goal for the national team since June 2012. Tim Cahill created Australia’s only chance as he curled over from distance, while Remy, Nasri and substitute Moussa Sissoko all went close at the other end, but it mattered not as France coasted to an easy win.
Also 16 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris, France Owner Margaux Gandelon took her cue from the immensely popular cat cafes in Japan, which number about 150, according to a BBC travel report last year. The French love their pets; there are 11.5-million cat owners in France, according to a Canadian pet food report of 2011 . (The U.S. has about eight times that many cat pets but almost 250 million more human residents.) This cafe seats 35 to 40, said Gandelon, a self-acknowledged animal lover (but who is currently without a cat at home). She worked with animal welfare and the health department to ensure proper standards for the cats and the customers. Now shes running this darling of the cafe set with help from mom Anne-Sophie and sister Chloe Lou, plus the crew necessary for a restaurant whose main appeal, oddly in foodie France, may not be whats served at the table but whats sitting under it. And near it. And above it. On Saturday, the cats seemed to be taking it all in stride (all are rescues who were chosen for their mellow personalities, Gandelon said). One white-and-orange cat found a spot on an unoccupied chair at a couples table; another was conked out on a patrons lap. A sleek black cat viewed the passing scene from atop a carpeted perch, raising its head to get the occasional pat from a patron, most of whom are female. No real problems so far with bad chemistry between customers and cats, although among children, boys seem to play a little more aggressively (sometimes too much so), she said.
Giroud: France played beautiful football to thrash Australia
The Arsenal striker notched two goals within the opening 30 minutes as les Blues geared up for their final Group I World Cup qualifying game against Finland on Tuesday in style. Giroud is in fine form for club and country, with eight goals in 15 outings, but was keen to congratulate the other members of the France squad as they subjected Australia to a second consecutive six-goal loss, resulting in the dismissal of manager Holger Osieck. “The first goal, I try it sometimes and if it does not work people say it’s because I have not played well, but when it comes off, it come off,” Giroud toldL’Equipe. “The second goal was a beautiful team movement. I hope to see more of that in the future. “To assess a striker, he must perform on the big occasions. Tonight, I was provided with many chances so I could perform. To score goals, the France team needs several good strikers. We are fortunate to have two strikers who complement different tactics. I am very happy for me, but also for Karim [Benzema] who scored. It’s good for us to score, but also for les Bleus.” Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter Shanghai (AFP) – World number one Rafael Nadal has tipped Juan Martin del Potro for more Grand Slam glory after he was handed a tennis lesson by the Argentine in their Shanghai Masters semi-final on Saturday. AFP