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By ESPN Staff

Duchaussoy eyes permanent role at head of FFF

The French Football Federation's interim president Fernand Duchaussoy has expressed his desire to remain in the post on a permanent basis.

Duchaussoy, president of the Ligue du Football Amateur since 2005, took over from Jean-Pierre Escalettes on a temporary basis in July after a messy succession procedure.

A meeting of the FFF's federal council on July 2 dissolved with no agreement reached between Duchaussoy and Frederic Thiriez, his counterpart at the Ligue de Football Professionel, but the former was elected unopposed three weeks later.

He is now keen to have the chance to build towards the next European Championships in Poland and Ukraine - Les Bleus play their first qualifier on Friday night against Belarus at the Stade de France.

He told L'Equipe: "Yes, it would be good if I am confirmed until 2012. I want a more active, more modern federation. I want to re-establish a certain authority.''

Duchaussoy also shifted the blame for the France squad's strike during the World Cup away from the FFF. The players refused to train on June 20 - two days before the final game of their failed campaign, against hosts South Africa - in protest at the exclusion from the squad of Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.

"You cannot point the finger at the federation simply because people did not get off the bus in Knysna,'' Duchaussoy insisted. "Everyone is responsible.''

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