• Number of the week: 10,000

    GIF: Karolina Uskakovych, European Focus.

    10,000 French fans are expected to make the trip to Qatar. This is one third of the 27,000 French attendees at the previous World Cup in Russia, and almost half the 17,000 who traveled to Brazil in 2014.

    In Doha, even the tricolor shirts are discreet. Libération’s correspondent did not see a single one during the opening ceremony.

    Supporters have suggested several reasons for this drop: from the difficulties of having a holiday in the winter, and higher costs to some fans’ concerns about supporting a disastrous World Cup in terms of human rights.

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