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Chelsea manager tips the Belgian to be among the world's best in near future

Patrice Evra untroubled by France form

Patrice Evra is unconcerned by France's struggles in beating Iceland last night as they build up to Euro 2012.

Lille's Eden Hazard is France's Player of the Year again

Eden Hazard will join Manchester City, Chelsea or Manchester United

Eden Hazard has confirmed he is heading to England and the role he is offered will be a key factor when he chooses between the Manchester clubs and Champions League winners Chelsea.

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After helping Lille secure the French Ligue 1 title last season, winger Eden Hazard has been doing the rounds on the transfer rumour mill. The 22-year-old is considered a great prospect and with a £33m release clause in his contract, one of Europe’s top clubs could be tempted to make a move. His agent recently spoke about his clients’ willingness to move on, but Lille insist the Belgian international will not be going anywhere mid-season.

Eden Hazard will make decision on future after Belgium's international friendlies say agent

Eden Hazard's agent claims an agreement has been reached with all parties interested in the Belgium international and said the player will make a final decision on his future after the upcoming international friendlies.

Romain Amalfitano will join from Reims

Amalfitano becomes the Magpies' latest French connection

Newcastle United took the latest step in their successful French revolution yesterday when Romain Amalfitano arrived in the North-east to finalise a three-year contract. The Stade de Reims midfielder agreed in principle to move to Newcastle in February, and he returned to their Benton training ground to push through his transfer from the French side, who have just won promotion to Ligue 1.

Romain Amalfitano will join from Reims

Romain Amalfitano set for Newcastle transfer as the French connection continues

Reims midfielder becomes first of three new signings from Ligue 1 to arrive at St James'

Strauss-Kahn faces inquiry over rape claim at party

A year after being accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid – a claim which cost him his post at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a shot at the French Presidency – Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces fresh ignominy after a French prosecutor opened a probe into allegations of rape.

François Hollande delivers on gender in government

President François Hollande showed an unexpectedly ruthless streak yesterday by shaping a gender-balanced French government from which several friends, and one notable foe, were excluded.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, right, called Marine Le Pen a ‘political yeti’

No love lost as far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon picks election fight with Marine Le Pen

Jean-Luc Mélenchon takes on the National Front leader in her constituency near Lille

Dominique Strauss-Kahn may face charges of pimping and gang rape

Disgraced Strauss-Kahn faces new rape claims over sex party at Washington hotel

A Belgian prostitute has claimed that the former IMF chief used violence against her at an orgy

Belgian prostitutes make new Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape claims

A judicial official says French investigators are studying accusations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn was involved in a rape in a Washington hotel in 2010.

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Chelsea are rumoured to be planning a £25m raid on Lille for their midfield prodigy Eden Hazard. The 21-year-old French international has attracted interest from several top clubs around Europe. Lille may attempt to hold out for an offer of £33m which would match Hazard's release clause in his contract.

Manchester United enter race for signature of £30m-rated Lille playmaker Eden Hazard

Manchester United appear to have entered the race for Lille playmaker Eden Hazard.

François Hollande at a rally in Lille yesterday

François Hollande builds lead as Nicolas Sarkozy allies admit writing is on the wall

Poll saying socialist could win by 14 per cent leaves right wing in despair

Sarkozy greets jubilant supporters before giving his speech in Paris

Carrots might be cooked for Sarkozy as Hollande gets a presidential look

Polls show Socialist candidate set for landslide win against President. By John Lichfield in Lille

The Lille winger Eden Hazard is wanted by a host of clubs

Hazard will be a tasty signing for Manchester City despite 'Burgergate'

There is a £40m price tag on Europe's most wanted winger, who is likely to be the latest joker heading for Eastlands

Joe Cole has impressed since making the switch to Lille

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole embracing French culture

Joe Cole insists he has embraced life in France - even down to eating frog's legs.

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