French Rivieria city Nice bans foreign flags for the rest of World Cup


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The French Riveria city of Nice implemented a decree today that bans the “ostentatious display of foreign flags” in the city center. The decree comes just in time for today’s France vs. Nigeria World Cup match. How convenient…

But it’s not the Nigerian flags that the French city is worried about — it’s Algerian flags. The decree is meant to stave off potential riots after Algeria plays Germany later today, France 24 reports.

The last two Algerian games ended with quite a few arrests: 30 on June 22 after Algeria beat South Korea; and 74 last Thursday when Algeria tied with Russia to win a spot in the top 16. The arrests have been tied to what France 24 calls “simmering racial tensions and ingrained hatred of the police among France’s immigrant population,” which means this new decree will certainly go over well… Really, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!

The decree will be in effect for the rest of the tournament, according to Nice’s Mayor Christian Estrosi. Good luck with that.

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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