Talk of France ...

L'Equipe, the French sports daily, is going all out with its coverage of the Women's World Cup. It has assigned Vincent Duluc, its chief soccer writer, to cover the French team and devoted the first 16 pages of Friday's edition to the opening of the tournament. But while the gender pay gap is a front-page story in the U.S. press, a sidebar buried on page 12 details the difference in bonuses between the French men and French women. Les Bleues -- the French women -- will each earn on a scale of 20,000-40,000 euros, depending on whether they finish first, second or third, or about 1/10th of the 300,000-400,000 euros the men earned for winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia (1 euro=$1.13). L'Equipe notes that both the French men and women earned the same bonuses (comparable to those of Les Bleues) in team handball, a sport in which both teams are perennial contenders for the world title.
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