The boys from the banlieues: Where France's World Cup dream began

The boys from the banlieues: Where France's World Cup dream began
By Anelise Borges
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France's World Cup win is inspiring pride in Paris' gritty suburbs, where many of the country's football players honed their game. Euronew's Anelise Borges went to the banlieue where it all began.


France's World Cup win over Croatia last week not only inspired celebrations across the country, it has also been feeding a discussion about identity.

Two-thirds of Les Bleus are from an immigrant background, a statistic that has stirred a complex debate about national identity across the country.

Many players, such as the star striker, Kylian Mbappé grew up in France's gritty suburbs.

Euronews' correspondent Anelise Borges went to Bondy, a suburb in Paris where Mbappé was born and raised, and where unemployment is twice the national average.

She found out that despite the setback, the national team’s success story shows that the suburbs do not have to be a place of despair.

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