By the end of 1863 football had crossed the channel to France

A number of English gentlemen living in Paris have lately organised a football club, to which is to be added athletic indoor exercises of a gymnastic character. The football contests take place in the Bois de Boulogne (a large park in Paris) by permission of the authorities, and surprise the French amazingly.

(December 1863) Bois de Boulogne, Paris FC
Leicester Journal – Friday 25 December 1863

Association football was very slow in developing in France and as the article is dated so close to the inauguration of the Football Association we can confidently predict that this was a rugby type game.
I can find no other mentions for this club and it is strange that it is only mentioned in a local Leicester newspaper. At the same time a periodical called the Baily’s monthly magazine of Sports and Pastimes (1860- 1926) often reported from Paris providing a regular “Turf Guide”.

My guess is that the Leicester Journal took this snippet from that publication.

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