After a good start on Friday (3-0 victory against Denmark), the France team stuck in the decisive moments on Saturday in Belfort against Hungary (24-26, 25-14, 25-18, 23- 25, 12-15), a nation ranked higher in the hierarchy. The Blues led two sets to one and had their hands on the decisive set (12-10) before losing their footing in the final exchanges, perhaps under the effect of fatigue after more than two hours of the match and little rotations.

This first setback in a qualifying pool for the Euro (August 18- September 4) which grants two tickets, does not call into question, on condition of dominating Israel on Sunday (4.30 p.m.) before the return matches played next weekend in Hungary.

Juliette Fidon-Lebleu’s teammates delivered a big match on Saturday, around Héléna Cazaute (22 points, 3 blocks), whose last attack found the net. Dominated in the fourth set (13-19), they found resources to hang on (23-24) before attacking the tie-break in the right dynamic. But the Hungarian defense tightened the game and the Blues lost the last five points.