Next Wednesday, the France team will try to win a new title of world champion, six years after its last coronation.
It will take place in Poland and Sweden, with a final, hopefully for Nikola Karabatic and his teammates, on January 29.
In the meantime, they are playing the "Tournoi de France" with two matches on the program.
Before playing Egypt in the final on Saturday in Orléans, Guillaume Gille's players faced the Netherlands at Le Mans this Wednesday.
A year ago, the Blues had easily disposed (34-24) of the Batavians during the Euro disputed in Hungary, the first match between the two nations since … 1994. Led by Luc Steins, the center half of the PSG, the Netherlands, who are in the group of Norway in Poland, do not intend to be strolled again.
Bart Ravensbergen, their goalkeeper, takes pleasure in dismissing French attempts while his attackers hit the mark on the counterattack (8-8, 15').
At the break, nothing is decided yet (19-18).
On returning from the locker room, France took advantage of a numerical superiority to take a little breather.
Caught up on the scoreboard, she takes off thanks to Dylan Nahi.
In his cages, Rémi Desbonnet, who replaced Vincent Gérard, maintains the gap (29-24, 42nd).
Five minutes from the buzzer, the Barcelonnais Dika Mem gave the Blues a ten-goal lead (39-29).
The coach of the Olympic champions must communicate to the international federation, the day before the opening match, a list of eighteen names from which he can choose sixteen players before each match.
It is already certain that it will be without Kyllian Villeminot.
Hit in the right knee, the young Montpellier back, who is making a superb start to the season with his club, had to withdraw at the start of the week.
Shortly before the meeting, the Dutch federation announced that one of its players (Jorn Smits) as well as three members of the management (including the (assistant coach) of the selection had tested positive for Covid-19. All were put in solitary confinement.