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French league games going ahead because “life must go on”

APTOPIX France Paris Shootings

Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris. At least 35 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular theater where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said Friday. Two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)


PARIS (AP) France’s secretary of sport says soccer matches around the country will go ahead this weekend in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris, saying “life must go on.”

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Thierry Braillard said in an interview Wednesday with sports daily L’Equipe that calling games off would be “exactly what these barbarians want,” referring to the gunmen and suicide bombers who attacked Paris last Friday night.

Braillard says French football league president Frederic Thiriez is “totally” in agreement with the decision.

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Friday’s rampage led to sporting events in Paris and other cities being canceled last weekend.

There was no top-level league football scheduled because of the international break - France hosted Germany at the Stade de France, where explosives were detonated outside - so the French first division will resume Friday evening when Lyon travels to Nice.