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Macron Will Not Provide Video To Support French Rugby World Cup Bid

Ireland's hopes of hosting the 2023 Rugby World Cup have been "given a significant boost from an unlikely source" -- France President Emmanuel Macron, according to the SUNDAY TIMES. The Irish Rugby Football Union is in competition with France and South Africa to run the tournament and an "important stage in the race" comes in London on Monday, when the final presentations of each are made to the World Rugby Council. On Friday, Macron "delivered a hammer blow" to the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and its president, Bernard Laporte, when he let it be known that he would not be "providing a video to support the French bid," as planned. According to French sources, Macron's absence can be interpreted as the president "distancing himself from Laporte," who is currently under investigation for financial corruption (SUNDAY TIMES, 9/24).