French football's foreign legion

Published 9:16 AM ET, Thu March 7, 2013
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A Newcastle fan shows his support for the club's French foreign legion at the club's home game against Southampton in February. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
Newcastle fans made their players from across the Channel feel at home by producing a mosaic of the French flag before the 4-2 win over Southampton at St. James' Park. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
There were seven French players named in the matchday squad for Newcastle's win over Southampton, while African stars Papiss Cisse and Cheik Tiote are both French speakers. The home fans have been delighted with the impact of the new arrivals with the team beginning to turn its season around. Paul Thomas/Getty Images
The locals have even renamed their own pub "La Fraise" instead of its original name, "The Strawberry." Newcastle is more famous for its Brown Ale than its Chardonnay and Merlot. Paul Thomas/Getty Images
Midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been a great acquisition for Newcastle since making the move from French club Toulouse in January. The 23-year-old scored three times in his opening six appearances and is considered as one of the best purchases of the transfer window. Graham Stuart/Getty Images
French President Francois Hollande (center) failed in his initial plan to raise tax to 75% but has not given up. Meanwhile, Axelle Lemaire (left), MP for Northern Europe, insists tax is not a factor behind the influx of French players to the English Premier League. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images
French actor Gerard Depardieu has moved to Russia following a row with the government over potential tax rises. He was welcomed by President Vladimir Putin and awarded Russian citizenship at the Kremlin in January. Franco Origlia/Getty Images/File