Les Bleus honour former team-mate

Members of France's 1998 FIFA World Cup™-winning squad, including Zinedine Zidane, reunited in New Caledonia on Saturday, thrilling a crowd of 10,000 with an 8-2 win over a team of Pacific stars.

Zidane, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, scored twice to spur Les Bleus to victory over a local side led by former France midfielder and hometown hero Christian Karembeu, whose career was being celebrated.

"It was important for us to be here for Christian because he deserves this. He's truly a great guy - even if we're really far from home, we did it for him," Zidane said.

Karembeu, 37, who retired in October 2005, told the cheering crowd: "Tonight, New Caledonia is the world champion!"

Also making the trip were Robert Pires, Bixente Lizarazu, Frank Leboeuf and Youri Djorkaeff, while FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter was in the stands for the match.