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French first division to start on Aug 7 next season

PARIS (AP) — The French first division will begin on Aug. 7 next season. That Friday night match will be followed by the remaining first-round games on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9. The 19th round of 38 will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20 before the winter break. The league will resume on Jan. 8 and the final round of games will all be held simultaneously on May 23.

The promotion-relegation playoff between the side finishing 18th in the first division and the team winning the second division playoff will be over two legs, on May 27 and 30.

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