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FIFA investigating report of spy drone over French practice

Didier Deschamps (Rodrigo Arangua/Getty Images) Didier Deschamps is 12-6-5 since taking over as France's manager in 2012. (Rodrigo Arangua/Getty Images)

France's World Cup opener is Sunday afternoon against Honduras, but the talk surrounding Les Bleus earlier in the day centered around a possible spy drone that hovered over their training camp, according to an ESPN report.

In preparing for its Group E match, an unmanned aerial vehicle appeared over the French team's camp in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

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"Apparently drones are used more and more," French manager Didier Deschamps, a World Cup winner as a player with France in 1998, said at a news conference in which he revealed concern over the drone. "It's not up to me. FIFA handles this and has been carrying out an inquiry. We don't want any intrusion into our privacy. It's very hard to fight this these days."

Whom the device belonged to or was controlled by has not been confirmed, according to the report.

After advancing to the final of the 2006 World Cup, France was eliminated in the group stage in 2010 in South Africa.

"You shouldn't mention South Africa," said the 45-year-old Deschamps, who is managing in his first major tournament. "We're now in another World Cup. We're in Brazil, and we're not going to be judged by what we did four years ago. It's wonderful to have a good atmosphere here. We have supporters behind the team."
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