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Who is Les Bleus? A look at France's diverse soccer team




France's team front row from left,,  Bacary Sagna, Antoine Griezmann, Patrice Evra, Lassana Diarra and Blaise Matuidi, back row from left, France’s Olivier Giroud, Anthony Martial Anthony, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Laurent Koscielny and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during their international friendly soccer match France against Germany at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015 in Paris, (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
France's team front row from left,, Bacary Sagna, Antoine Griezmann, Patrice Evra, Lassana Diarra and Blaise Matuidi, back row from left, France’s Olivier Giroud, Anthony Martial Anthony, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Laurent Koscielny and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during their international friendly soccer match France against Germany at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015 in Paris, (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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The French national soccer team, known as Les Bleus, takes on England at Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday.

But it's not just any game. One of the sites hit during the Paris attacks was the iconic Stade de France in Paris, where bomb blasts caused panic among thousands of soccer fans.

Les Bleus is known as one of the most diverse teams in all of Europe. In fact, team member Lassana Diarra, who is of African descent, had family killed in the attacks and is a devout Muslim. He's vowed to take the field Tuesday in defiance of the attacks.

Historian Laurent Dubois of Duke University is the author of "Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France," and he also runs the Soccer Politics blog. He joined the show for a look at the team, and what it means to the nation of France.