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France coach Laurent Blanc tenders his resignation - report

Update 15:30 BST: The French Football Federation (FFF) moved quickly to quash reports claiming national team coach Laurent Blanc handed in his resignation earlier today over the recent quota scandal.

Laurent Blanc has tendered his resignation as coach of France, according to Ouest France.

Blanc and the French Football Federation have come under heavy fire in the past week for plans designed to limit the amount of dual nationality players coming through the youth ranks of French football to 30 per cent or less, as reported by Mediapart.

He is due to meet officials from the FFF on Monday as part of the quota system investigation.

Fernand Duchaussoy, president of the Federation, could not confirm the intentions of the coach when questioned this morning by RMC Sport.

"I cannot confirm this information. I got Laurent Blanc on the phone several times in recent days. At no moment was there any question of resignation," he said.

"However, these decisions can be made on a whim. I will attempt to contact Laurent Blanc as soon as possible."

The Ouest France report also stated that
Nicolas Sarkozy is set to call the 45-year-old in a bid to have him reconsider and remain in the international hotseat, quoting a anonymous Government source.

The ex-Bordeaux coach has done much to try and rebuild the national team after a poor performance in the 2010 World Cup, and was a fans favourite as he won the World Cup with the side in 1998.

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