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The French government strongly encouraged public-service broadcaster France Télévisions to reach an Olympics sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery for the 2022 to 2024 cycle to ensure the widest access to the Paris 2024 games, SportBusiness Media understands.

France’s football federation earned an increase of about 170 per cent in the value of its domestic women’s and youth football media rights last month.

Uefa has failed to secure any meaningful uplift in value for its national team competitions in deals agreed recently in France and Germany. The deals underline that, while Europe remains the bedrock of value for Uefa, it has become a difficult region in which to achieve growth for its national team properties.

Uefa increased the value of the women’s European Championship tournament hugely in a deal with France Télévisions last month.

Uefa enjoyed differing levels of success in the sales of its club competition rights in France and Southeast Asia last month. The outcome points to a cooling of the French market but suggests there is still margin for substantial growth in several major Asian territories.

French commercial broadcaster M6 has acquired multi-platform rights to Quinté+ horse-racing in the country in a deal that will run to at least June 2020.

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have confirmed the acquisition of rights for France national football team matches over four years, from 2018-19 to 2021-22.

Jacques Lambert, the head of the local organising committee for the Uefa Euro 2016, is hopeful more games from the national team football tournament in France will end up being shown on free-to-air television in the country.

Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports and commercial broadcaster M6 have retained the rights for the Uefa Europa League club football competition in France for three seasons, from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

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