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The France Football Federation has rejected reports claiming that Laurent Blanc is set to become their national coach.

There has been growing speculation that the Bordeaux coach has agreed in principle to take charge after the World Cup finals.

Raymond Domenech will lead Les Bleus into the World Cup finals in South Africa, but he is expected to step down at the end of the tournament.

The FFF is keen to bring an end to the speculation, with federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes insisting no approach has been made for the highly-rated Blanc.

“It’s completely false,” he told RMC.

“It’s ridiculous. Of course I completely deny it.

“Absolutely nothing justifies this type of rumour. It seems absurd to me.

“I have to ask myself what they are looking for with these type of rumours. It’s doing wrong to the France team.”

Blanc, who is under contract at Bordeaux until 2011, has also sought to play down the rumours and has vowed to remain tight-lipped on the subject for the remainder of the season.

He said: “What do you want me to tell you? I said that I wouldn’t speak about it any more, but I’ll do so anyway out of politeness.

“I’ll be very brief and very polite because that’s what’s needed: I deny everything that has been said. Full stop.”

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