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'Ireland is unified' - French newspaper L'Equipe dedicates two-page spread to Green and White Army and Republic of Ireland fans

By Wayne O'Connor

Irish fans have been praised by the French public again for their behaviour at Euro 2016.

The French sports daily newspaper L'Équipe ran a two page spread highlighting the role Republic and Northern Ireland fans have played in France on Wednesday.

The story says "for atmosphere, Ireland is unified" under a picture of Northern Ireland fans celebrating their qualification to the last 16 of the competition.

"Supporters of the Republic and Northern Ireland are disputing the title of public affection at Euro 2016 with their good humour," says the paper.

"The entire population of France has been captivated by the humour, partying and trouble free behaviour of both sets of supporters."

Northern Ireland fans have been lauded for their good-humoured antics since the tournament began. A video of them still singing and dancing in the Parc des Princes long after the Germany defeat has been shared far and wide on social media.

While Republic of Ireland fans have been partying in Lille overnight as their side prepares to face Italy tonight.

They have been praised by local politicians, authorities and Gardaí for their behaviour.

Source: Irish Independent