London, June 23 (ANI): The French press have been predictably scathing today following Les Bleus' humiliating first-round exit at the World Cup.
France crashed out of the tournament with a 2-1 defeat to South Africa which left them with just one point from their three group matches and bottom of their pool.
Liberation's front page bore the headline "And again bravo!" followed by the line "Beaten 2-1 by the South Africans, Les Bleus are out of the World Cup. The tragi-comedy is finally over".
"Vae Victis. (Woe to the vanquished ones)," read an article. "After all, this team that have just flopped miserably started by cheating."
Regional newspapers Sud-Ouest and La Provence were both delighted the misery was over, with the former proclaiming: "Rarely would defeat have been welcomed with so much relief. It would have been better if Les Bleus had never gone to South Africa."
The Telegraph quoted the La Provence's front page screamed: "It's over and so much the better" followed by a look to the future and the Laurent Blanc era with the words "Calamitous on the pitch like off it, Les Bleus have to move onto rebuilding".
Sports daily L'Equipe, which bore the headline "The end of a world", were also looking ahead as they urged the government "to go to the end of their powers so that the FFF (French Football Federation) is not any more in the hands of dummies".
Le Progres did not mince their words as their front page simply said "Bye dummies!"
Le Journal de la Haute-Marne was almost as dismissive as they announced "Failing to give good performances on the pitch, the French players still achieved a good feat: becoming the laughing stock of the entire world". (ANI)