DAEGU, South Korea — You have to admit the French are fair. After thrashing Japan 5-0 in Paris two months ago, they opened the Confederations Cup with a similar scoreline over Japan’s fellow-World Cup host South Korea on Tuesday.

President Kim Dae Jung declared the tournament open, saying to the people of Daegu and South Korea, “I hope you will all pool your strengths to ensure the success of the World Cup in 2002.”

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