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RugbyU: Stade look to get better of former boss Galthie

Stade Francais will look to put pressure on Top 14 leaders Clermont when they visit Montpellier and one of their former head coaches Fabien Galthie on Friday. After several years in the doldrums, both on and off the pitch as financial problems bit deep, Stade look to be re-emerging as genuine title contenders under the stewardship of Argentinian Gonzalo Quesada. They are currently second in the table, four points behind Clermont, who play away at Bordeaux on Saturday.

Rugby Union: French squad for Scotland

The France aquad for the Six Nations match against Scotland in Edinburgh on March 8:

Rugby Union: Parra back for France despite red card

Scrum-half Morgan Parra, flanker Antonie Claassen and uncapped centre Remi Lamerat have all been called into the 30-strong French squad to prepare for the Six Nations match against Scotland in Edinburgh on March 8. The changes come in the wake of France's humiliating 27-6 loss to Wales in Cardiff last Friday which wrecked hopes of a first French Grand Slam since 2010. It had been widely expected that Parra, who was first choice scrum-half for France at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, would be brought back into the squad after a successful return from injury.

RugbyU: Montpellier target Clermont stronghold

Clermont and Montpellier will go head to head for the leadership of France's Top-14 championship on Saturday, with third-placed Stade Francais looking to keep up the pressure on the two leaders. With seven rounds of games to go until the end of the regular season, when six teams will advance to the playoffs, the top eight teams are separated by just seven points in what has been a highly unpredictable campaign to date.

Recovery in rich economies stutters: OECD data

Growth in advanced economies slowed down slightly in 2013 from output in 2012, the OECD said on Wednesday. These latest statistics on OECD-member countries bear out the struggling and fragile nature of recovery from recession in many countries which analysts have been underlining for several months. "For 2013 as a whole, GDP (gross domestic product) rose by 1.3 percent in the OECD area, down from 1.5 percent in 2012," the OECD, comprising 34 advanced democracies, said when it published data for the fourth quarter.

Rugby Union: Tales back in French squad for Wales game

Castres fly-half Remy Tales has been recalled into the 30-strong French squad to prepare for the Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff on February 21. The 29-year-old Tales held the number 10 shirt for the November Test matches before picking up a neck injury while playing for his club in the European Cup in mid January. His return means that there is no place in the squad for the experienced Francois Trinh-Duc of Montpellier who came on as a second-half replacement in Sunday's 30-10 win over Italy in Paris.

Recovery firms in advanced economies, led by U.S., Japan: OECD

PARIS (Reuters) - The outlook for most advanced economies is improving, with recoveries in the United States and Japan leading the way, the OECD's latest monthly leading indicator showed on Monday. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said its leading indicator covering 33 member countries had reached its highest level since February 2011 in December, indicating that growth was firming.

RugbyU: French heavyweights slump to Top 14 defeats

Clermont, Toulon and Toulouse, all stripped of international talent ahead of the Six Nations, suffered morale-sapping defeats in the French Top 14 on Saturday. Clermont paid a heavy price for the absence of six players on international duty as they slipped to an 18-9 loss at Bayonne, a defeat which also cost them top spot. In a match played in torrential rain, the contest came down to a battle of the boot with Bayonne's Argentine kicker Martin Bustos-Moyano proving more deadly than Clermont fly-half Morgan Parra.

Drunk arrested for trying to douse Arc de Triomphe flame

A drunken man has been arrested for trying to douse the eternal flame at the landmark Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, police said Wednesday. The man parked his car on Tuesday evening near the famed monument on the Champs Elysees, the city's emblematic avenue, and rushed towards the flame with a fire extinguisher in hand. Police said the man, who was drunk, told them he wanted to extinguish the fire. He has been placed in custody.

Rugby Union: France call up uncapped Stade trio, but no Michalak

Stade Francais saw their surging Top 14 form rewarded when a trio of uncapped players were on Monday called up for France's Six Nations squad, notably fly-half Jules Plisson ahead of the experienced Francois Trinh-Duc and Frederic Michalak. Coach Philippe Saint-Andre also handed call-ups to storming blindside flanker Antoine Burban and full-back Hugo Bonneval, while Castres full-back Geoffrey Palis is included in a national squad for the first time.
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