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France sack head coach Diacre four months before Women's World Cup

Corinne Diacre has been sacked from her role as head coach of the France Women's national team, the French Football Federation has confirmed.

The 48-year-old had been in charge since 2017, having earned over 120 caps as a player between 1993 and 2005

The news comes just over four months before the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and one day after she re-affirmed her intention to lead France into the tournament despite claims of a "violent and dishonest smear campaign", with three players - Wendy Renard, Kadidiatou Diani and Marie-Antoinette Katoto - having announced they would no longer play for the nation.

Renard said she had stepped back to preserve her mental health, while Katoto said she was "no longer in line with the management of the France team nor the values it promotes".

In a statement released by her lawyer on Wednesday, Diacre said: "I have been the subject of a smear campaign that is astonishing in its violence and dishonesty.

"My detractors have not hesitated to attack my personal and professional integrity, without bothering with the truth, four months before the World Cup.

"I will not let myself be affected by this destabilisation operation, which does not take into account my sporting record, and which has as its sole objective a personal settlement of scores

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