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Koscielny to call time on France career after World Cup

Koscielny has featured for France in the last three major tournaments. Credit: PA

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny plans to retire from international duty with France after the 2018 World Cup.

The 32-year-old centre-back has featured in the last three major tournaments for Les Bleus.

He told a media conference, in comments reported by L'Equipe: "There is an end to everything.

"After the World Cup, I will be almost 33 years old, it will be time to leave the place.

"I have six months left in the French team to blossom and take as many memories, as my wife would say."

Koscielny has 49 caps, the first coming against the United States in November 2011.

Emmanuel Macron's pet dog Nemo interrupts ministerial meeting by peeing in the fireplace

The French President's pet dog has caused a stir in the Presidential Palace - after interrupting a ministerial meeting by urinating on the fireplace.

Emmanuel Macron adopted Nemo from a local shelter in August, and he seems to have made himself very much at home at the Elysée Palace in Paris.

The junior ministers and Macron laughed off the incident, which was comically captured on tape a camera operator who was covering the meeting.


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