Despite moving on to the next stage, "Les Bleus" have the blues following their defeat against Sweden. Heated exchanges that took place in the French locker room were reported in the media and have drawn plenty of commentary on Twitter, especially from journalists who were on the premises.
Journalist Pierre Ménès (@PierreMenes) provides the following version of what really happened in the locker room: "According to my sources, it was [Samir] Nasri who was given a hard time in the locker room. Other players blamed him for his lack of motivation and for pretending to be injured."
Vincent Duluc (@vincentduluc) admires the way the French team averted a potential crisis: "Good PR from les Bleus, thanks to their decision to tell the truth from the get go. [Assistant coach Amain] Boghossian confirms everything. 'Altercations expected following a loss.' They caught it with both hands."
Vincent Duchesne (@VinceSport24) seems to share that analysis: "Anger and heated exchanges following a loss are perfectly normal, and even healthy. #bleus #euro2012."
Jérôme Millagou (@JeromeMillagou) tweeted the words uttered by coach Laurent Blanc ("'it got a little bit heated because certain players thought some people did not give a hundred percent on the field") and footballer Florent Malouda ("I decided not to say anything rather than lash out" and "I didn't talk yesterday because what I saw brought back some old demons") during a press conference.
Canal+ journalist Nathalie Iannetta (@nathiannetta) stopped believing in her team's chances, according to this sarcastic tweet: "France is going to win the Euro! #blatantlie ['#grosmytho']."
France didn't play on Wednesday, which elicited the following comment from journalist Bruno Masure (@BrunoMasure), who is known for not mincing his words: "We'll surely miss the 11 losers tonight! They're still counting their bonuses...."