Charlie Hebdo attack: French sport to observe silence

Lille v Evian
The Ligue 1 game between Lille and Evian on Wednesday was preceded by a minute's silence

A minute's silence will be observed at football, rugby and basketball matches across France in honour of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

Players from Lille and Evian wore black armbands during Wednesday's Ligue 1 game, which was preceded by a minute's silence and the French national anthem.

More tributes are set to take place over the weekend as France marks Wednesday's fatal shootings.

Twelve people were killed at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"The entire family of French football joins the general spirit of solidarity and affirms its support for the families of the victims," the French Football Association (FFA) said in a statement.

Paris St-Germain, who are based in the city where the attacks took place, are away to Bastia on Saturday.

The French Rugby Federation, France's governing rugby body, called for a minute's silence before all their matches this weekend from "school tournaments to professional games".

The French Basketball Federation (FFBB) said it would also be paying tribute.

In a statement, the FFBB added: "The values of our sport, and of sport in general, should contribute to the fight against all forms of barbarity and to preserve the national unity which we all need."

French Athletics Federation boss Bernard Amsalem called on French athletics "to express its solidarity with the victims and their families".

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