As an ex-Parisienne resident, and dare I say a quasi-Parisienne myself, I have witnessed how passionately French fans support their soccer team. Come tomorrow, I myself will join in the “Allez-les-Bleu” chants as I cheer for France in both the soccer and peace world cups.
In the Peace World Cup, France has made a steady improvement in levels of peace and now ranks 47th of 162 countries on the Global Peace Index. While France makes the cut for the top 50 most peaceful countries, it is not doing well regionally, and ranks 27th out of 35 countries in Europe. In fact, when we compare rankings with Germany, who France will face on the soccer field tomorrow, we see that Germany is actually ahead in peace, ranking 17th on the Global Peace Index.
However, like I said, France has become more peaceful and the future is looking bright. Levels of political instability remain low, and the levels of refugees and displaced people have remained at similar levels for the past four years. Like many countries in Europe, it also has relatively low levels of government oppression.
So tomorrow I’m going to be cheering Allez-les-Bleus and supporting France in both becoming more peaceful as a country, and dominating on the soccer field.Related Articles
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