May 29, 2011

PARIS (Reuters) -- Former France defender Bixente Lizarazu will run naked through the streets of Evian to celebrate the local club's promotion to Ligue 1.

Evian were promoted earlier this month and clinched the Ligue 2 title on Friday, a year after winning promotion from the National (third division).

Former France striker Nicolas Anelka (pictured here playing for Chelsea in January 2010) began his 150,000-euro libel action against French newspaper L'Equipe on Friday for their reporting of his foul-mouthed World Cup rant at former coach Raymond Domenech.

"I'll do it, I'll do it," the former Bayern Munich defender, who is a shareholder of Evian, told French television channel TF1 when asked if he would keep a promise made last July.

"I'll keep my word, I'll do it, but I'm not going to call the international press."

Lizarazu won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with France, and retired in 2006.

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