clean or not clean isn't the question - the question is why do the French believe its their duty to keep on talking about something the can't prove....they look like sore losers
"the French" means nothing, but le Monde and l'Equipe are newspapers who have found and/or made public a lot of facts which were unknown or hidden about doping.
Including about French sportsmen : see Virenque and Longo. Zidane's case (allegations of blood transfers and Juventus scandal) is also often talked about in France.
You can't hide the fact that the fight against doping is very hard and unequal (cheaters win it easily) and that the Sports authorities often have an interest to hide those things, and newspapers are supposed to act against such behaviours, that's one of their main functions in democracy.
The specific problem about Spain mainly comes from :
- the Fuentes case
- the fact that the Spanish national authorities intervened in favour of their sportsmen (it's very different in France : for instance the president of the French national federation said that in his opinion, the CAS was wrong in Gasquet's case and was often harsh against Gasquet).
As for "the French people", there were people who still liked Virenque after he was convicted as a doper, but very few percent of the people still thought he was "clean".
Seemingly, it's different in the USA and in Spain where people don't believe doping is such commonly diffused, which is different from what the French believe, why ? I don't know, but maybe once again because Tour de France is in France and maybe also because the French are more suspicious and harsh talking about wellknown people in general ... you know France is the country of the revolution, of killing the king and burning churches, also one of the countries where socialist egalitarian ideas have been mostly diffused.
PS : I think this thread would have a better place in the "off-topic" or even "non-tennis section", I don't understand the mods here.
Although, like Abraxas, I'm surprised that the doping topic which I've seen very much emerge since the final of the Australian Open has been virtually absent of this forum.