I invite you to review the following list of the National French Football squad with their place of birth:
Grégory Coupet - Le Puy-en-Velay, France
Mickaël Landreau - Machecoul, France
Fabien Barthez - Ariège, France
Éric Abidal - Lyon, France
Jean-Alain Boumsong - Cameroon (Oh, and he did not see game action in the World Cup, only made the squad)
William Gallas - Asnières-sur-Seine, France
Gaël Givet - Arles, France
Philippe Mexès - Toulouse, France
Willy Sagnol - Saint-Étienne, France
Mikael Silvestre - Chambray-Les-Tours, France
Pascal Chimbonda - Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
Lilian Thuram - Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France
Alou Diarra - Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Julien Faubert - Le Havre, France
Florent Malouda - Cayenne, French Guiana, France
Jérémy Toulalan - Nantes, France
Patrick Vieira - Dakar, Senegal (Vieira's family of Cap Verdean origin moved to Paris when he was aged 8; he did not return to Senegal until 2003)
Claude Makélélé - Kinshasa, Zaire (moved to Savigny-le-Temple, a Parisian suburb in Seine-et-Marne, in 1977, when he was four years old)
Vikash Dhorasoo - Le Havre, France
Zinedine Yazid Zidane - Marseille, France
Thierry Henry - Les Ulis, Essonne, Paris, France
Franck Ribéry - Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France
Louis Saha - Paris, France
David Sergio Trézéguet - Rouen, France
Sylvain Wiltord - Neuilly-sur-Marne, France
Sidney Govou - Le Puy-en-Velay, France
Djibril Cissé - Arles, France
3 (Imports you called it?) Foreign born players (who have lived in France the vast majority of their lives) and 1 didn't even get onto the field during the World Cup. In case you have any doubts, feel free to verify this information with the sources I'm providing.
All you've heard about is "his guy born over there this guy born over there", well ""there"" is France unless your sense of Geography has been totally messed up?
As far as the incident involving Zidane, it's wrong, there is no justifying what he did despite the Son of a terrorist w**** remark.
It's funny, you mention "country pride" and try to label France as cheaters when Italian Series A league has been corrupted from top to bottom by match-fixing scandals involving Juventus F.C., A.C Milan, S.S Lazio and ACF Fiorentin.... and lets not forget Doping issues with American Athletes such as Barry Bonds, Floyd Landis and Justin Gatlin. Yet France are the cheaters who paid for a World Cup?
As far as France not using "French Players"... what is a French player supposed to be to you, curly blond with deep blue eyes wearing a berret and talking like the Pink Panther? Does everyone in France have to fit into one of your stereotypes of the French people?
France just like the USA has attracted immigrants from all around the World, resulting in 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation players in the French team. Any French citizen has a legitimate right to be part of the French national team based on his skills on the field and not on the color of his skin.
Oversea departments Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana are a part of France and have produced great players like Florent Malouda and Thuram.
Would you remove guys like Claudio Reyna, Bocanegra, Mastroeni, Freddy Adu, Oguchi Onyewu from the US Roster based on their immigrant ancestory??? If the French team is not "French" then those guys are not "American"...
Click on the players names: