VIDEO SHOWS: FRANCE SUPPORTERS IN FRONT OF THE 'STADE DE FRANCE' / INTERVIEW WITH FRENCH SUPPORTERS / STADE DE FRANCE EMPLOYEES / STILLS OF FANS IN THE STANDS AT THE MATCH / STILLS OF MATCH ACTION
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SHOTLIST AND SCRIPT
PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 7, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. EXTERIOR OF THE 'STADE DE FRANCE'
2. GATE AT STADIUM
3. WORKERS AT GATE
4. FLAGS WAVING OUTSIDE THE STADIUM
5. STADIUM SEEN BEING A GRID FENCE
6. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE SUPPORTER, CHRISTOPHE, SAYING:
"It's going to be an unprecedented experience indeed, to watch a match with only 1,000 supporters inside the stadium, whereas the capacity of the stadium is 80,000 people. It's going to be a bit strange and a new sensation inside the Stade de France. Now, every experience is good to live through, and we'll see. Anyway, we'll always be there to support the French soccer team, no matter the stadium's capacity or the number of supporters."
7. FLAGS WAVING AT THE STADIUM
8. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE SUPPORTER, CHRISTOPHE, SAYING:
"We are going to be placed in a box. From what I have understood, it should be on a side, above the presidential box I think. And there should be a space equivalent to three seats between each supporter, in order to respect social distancing measures."
9. CHRISTOPHE WALKING TO GATE
10. EMPTY STREET IN FRONT OF THE STADIUM
11. STADE DE FRANCE
12. STADIUM WORKER OUTSIDE STADIUM (DARK)
13. FRANCE SUPPORTERS NEAR A CAR
14. MORE OF FRANCE SUPPORTERS DISCUSSING GAME OUTSIDE THEIR CAR
15. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE SUPPORTER, SOUFYANE GUESMIA, SAYING:
"It cannot be the same as before, that's for sure. We won't be able to do much (in the stadium). We won't be able to hold each others arms, to celebrate together. So, we will have to be vigilant, we will have to have some space. But there is a middle ground, it's to be present tonight, to make our voices heard. It won't be normal, but we will ensure that the blue team hears us."
16. FRANCE FANS SIGNING AND HOLD FLAG
17. STADE DE FRANCE
18. VARIOUS OF FRANCE FANS WALKING IN FRONT OF THE STADE DE FRANCE
19. FRANCE SUPPORTER WAVING FLAG
20. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE SUPPORTERS, EMMA BARBIERI AND VINCENT LE DUIGOU SAYING:
"It has to be done and here we go. We are going to accept it as it is because if we didn't come here, we'd watch on TV, yet we're here. So, we are going to be satisfied with what little we can get, even if we're used to coming and singing and having a party. We'd rather this than watch the match (on TV). So, we're fine with this situation."
21. VARIOUS OF FRANCE SUPPORTERS OUTSIDE STADIUM
22. FRENCH STADIUM'S CREW CHECKING TICKET HOLDERS' BAGS
23. FRENCH STADIUM'S CREW GIVING SANITIZING GEL TO FANS
PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 7, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES VIA ACTION IMAGES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
24. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE FANS WITH FLAGS AND FRANCE COLORS IN THE STANDS
25. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE FANS IN THE STANDS
26. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE FANS
27. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE FANS WITH TAPED OFF SEATS BEHIND THEM
28. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE FANS WITH A FRENCH FLAG
29. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE'S OLIVIER GIROUD CELEBRATING SCORING GOAL WITH TEAM MATES
30. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE'S KYLIAN MBAPPE IN ACTION
31. STILL PHOTO OF MBAPPE IN ACTION, KICKING BALL
32. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS (LEFT), DURING THE MATCH
33. STILL PHOTO OF GIROUD CELEBRATING
34. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE'S ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, CELEBRATING SCORING TEAM'S SEVENTH GOAL WITH TEAM MATES
35. STILL PHOTO OF MBAPPE
36. STILL PHOTO OF FRANCE FAN HOLDING A SCARF READING (French) "CHAMPIONS DU MONDE"
STORY: France fans lucky enough to score one of just 1,000 tickets to watch their side in a friendly match on Wednesday (October 7) got more than their money's worth as they cheered them on to a 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine.
Only 1,000 fans were allowed into the 80,000-capacity Stade de France due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
France fans outside the stadium hardly seemed phased by the ongoing health crisis as they made their way into the stadium just outside Paris.
Among those in attendance were many members of supporter clubs such as "Les irrésistibles français", with some being selected by raffle.
Inside the stadium the realities of the coronavirus were present with dancing, refreshment bars and megaphones all banned; a small price to pay for diehard fans desperate to see their side on the pitch.
And making it to this match meant watching Olivier Giroud leapfrog Michel Platini to become France's second highest all-time top scorer with 42 goals. Giroud is now on the heels of Thierry Henry's all-time record of 51.
Giroud netted twice in the 7-1 demolition of Ukraine as he celebrated his 100th cap in style in front of visitors' coach Andriy Shevchenko, one of his idols.
Giroud said he would now take it step by step to improve his goal tally, although he hinted he was targeting Henry's record, which he set in 123 international appearances.
Asked whether he was going for the 51-goal mark, he said: "There's no limit. You have to set yourself goals. Let's see when I reach 46, 47 goals."
(Production: Maxime Lahuppe, Kurt Michael Hall)