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Take a look around Les Bleus' infamous South Africa lodgings

French junior sports minister Rama Yade sparked a row on Sunday when he said that the French national team should have shown some "decency" when choosing their lodgings for the first phase of the World Cup. See photos of the luxury hotel...

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Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

French junior sports minister Rama Yade sparked a row on Sunday when she said that the French national team should have shown some "decency" when choosing their lodgings for the first phase of the World Cup.

Yade stressed the difficulties of the current financial crisis and compared Les Bleus with the Spanish team, which is staying on a university campus. A government spokesperson defended the team however, saying: "What is important, is that all of the French, including members of the government, are behind their team".

The hotel in question is the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa, a complex in Knysna which overlooks the Indian Ocean. Described on the website as "Africa's most luxurious complex", a night's stay in one of the 32 apartments costs up to 589 euros.

In pictures

Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

The 18 hole golf course. Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

Private castle which serves as the office to the resort restaurant. Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

The restaurant. Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

 

The living room. Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

A bedroom. Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

 

 

Bathroom. Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.

Private swimming pool. Photo posted on Flickr by Livethelife.tv 4 July 2007.