- Comedian Trevor Noah got into hot water with the French government for his comments of the "Africanness" of the French team
- The French ambassador to the US argued that the French team reflects the diversity of the nation of France
- Noah replied that that he was pointing out that a player can be both French and African
A French diplomat took offense to Trevor Noah's joke that Africa won the Soccer World Cup after France's victory over Croatia.
Noah made an off colour joke that Africa won the World Cup and said that they French team wouldn't be able to get a tan like that in France, making reference to the players of African heritage in the team.
Briefly.co.za learned that many of the French players in the team have their roots in Africa including superstars Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé according to edition.com.
Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to the US, wrote a strongly worded letter to the comedian in response which Noah read to the audience during a commercial break.
Essentially Araud wrote that the backgrounds of the various players is a testament to the diversity of the nation of France.
Noah responded that Africans across the globe were supporting France, particularly the "Africanness" of the French team. He argued that his comment did not say they were not French and that in order to be French one can no longer be an Africa.
Araud argued in return that Noah's original statement suggested that by being black the players could not be French.
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