France Leads Europe In Hunting, Newspaper Says

A hamburger at the uber-posh Carlton Hotel on the main drag, Promenade de la Croisette, runs $45. But Rue Meynadier is just two streets away, home to many blocks of shops hawking bargains, clothes and fine foods. I popped into the Fromagerie Ceneri cheese shop, where third-generation owner Herve Ceneri sells hundreds of types of fromage aged in the stores cellar. Many can be had for a couple euro. Why spend more than $800 on a hotel room on the Croisette or $40 for a spot on a private beach? We lazed at the pool at the Novotel Montfleury (from $88 per night) a 10-minute walk from the city center for free. Jennifer H. Cunningham A view of the old town in Antibes And a Mediterranean Sea view comes with a meal at the Plage Croisette Beach restaurant. We had the set lunch: antipasti, followed by seared sea bass over julienned carrots and zucchini, and panisse, a regional specialty made of a chickpea flour base thats cut into steak fry-sized chunks and fried. Dessert was pistachio creme brulee, and everything was washed down with plenty of local rose wine. Not bad for $35. We walked to Musee de la Castre ($8), a former castle turned museum housing historical treasures a baron donated to Cannes in the 1870s, after traveling the world. Its roof is the highest point in the old city, with panoramic views of the town. Since this was the French Riviera, we had to spend some time at sea.

A view of the old town in Antibes

Spain won 2-0 away to Finland. Georgia gained in confidence after the break and goalie Hugo Lloris had to make a smart save in the 50th to foil Tornike Okriashvili as he went clean through. The midfielder then collected the rebound and hit the post as France got a reprieve in Tbilisi. “We had chances at the end, but we failed to score. They also had a chance when they hit the post,” frustrated France coach Didier Deschamps said. “If you want to win you need to score. It’s not the result we came for.” Deschamps paired Benzema with the Arsenal forward Giroud but the partnership again failed to click, although Benzema wasted a good chance in the 29th when his angled shot was saved by Loria. Moments earlier, Georgia had its first chance of the match when Lloris saved a shot from the lively Okriashvili. France had the majority of the possession early on without creating much other than a shot from winger Franck Ribery that hit the side-netting in the 12th. But the French found themselves increasingly on the back foot in the second half and, after striker Nika Gelashvili went close, Deschamps had seen enough and dragged off Benzema, replacing him with Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 62nd. It was Gignac’s first appearance for France for more than three years, with his last appearance coming in the last group game of France’s ill-fated 2010 World Cup campaign. Benzema looked unhappy at being replaced, but he has not scored for France since netting twice in a friendly win against Estonia before last year’s European Championship and his starting place is under threat for Tuesday’s match against Belarus. Shortly after coming on, Gignac just failed to get on the end of left back Patrice Evra’s cross as the ball also eluded winger Mathieu Valbuena.

Pascal Pochard Casabianca/AFP/Getty Images Hunters gather prior to a wild boar hunt in Pietrosella, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, in August. Pascal Pochard Casabianca/AFP/Getty Images French sports fans are known for their love of soccer. But according to Le Figaro, the country’s “second sport” is hunting. The newspaper cites the National Federation of Hunters, which says that among all European countries, France has the most hunters. The data are based on the number of registered practitioners of a sport. Soccer has more than 2 million, while hunting had 1.2 million license holders for the 2011-2012 season, Le Figaro reports . As in much of the United States, the end of summer brings the arrival of hunting seasons for game in France, from birds to boars. The new hunting season is well under way in many French regions. According to France’s National Federation of Hunters , the sport’s popularity also brings risks there were 21 fatal hunting accidents in France during the one-year period that ended on May 31, 2013. That’s out of a total of 179 mishaps. We glanced at the comments on the Figaro story to see if any readers protested its claims perhaps with an eye to defending rugby or auto racing. But many comments simply stated a belief that hunting isn’t a sport, while others defended it.

France, Spain get wins at Euros

Russia was the bronze medalist at the London Olympics last year and at the Europeans two years ago. The top three teams from each group advance. Finland trailed in regulation and the first overtime before pulling out the win. The Russians were without Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko and several other stars. Italy stayed perfect after four games with an 81-72 victory over previously unbeaten Greece, with Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli scoring 23 points. Both teams joined Finland in advancing from that group. In Jesenice, Serbia beat Latvia 80-71 behind 25 points from center Nenad Krstic to advance. Ukraine stayed with France until Parker took over in the fourth quarter. The Spurs guard connected on two jumpers and then sank a 3-pointer to help the French pull away. Parker scored 13 of his team’s last 17 points. France was runner-up two years ago. “We kept fighting and in the fourth quarter we found the solutions,” Parker said after playing his 50th game in a European championship. “I try to lead the team and to help the young players. When you are playing must-win games, you have to be disciplined, serious.