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LYON, France (AP) — The Latest on the Women’s World Cup final (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes women’s soccer players are eventually paid the same as men.

Speaking on France Info radio before the Women’s World Cup final in Lyon, Macron said “we need to go progressively toward that.”

On Friday FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced he’ll seek to double the prize money for women at their next World Cup in 2023. But even doubling the pool from $30 million to $60 million doesn’t diminish the gap with the men’s World Cup prize money, which is set at $440 million for the 2022 World Cup, up from $400 million last year.

Macron, who supports Marseille —the only French team to have won the European Cup — said interest in women’s sports will be boosted significantly after this tournament.

Macron said “we have the World Cup effect” and added “things will never be the same” for women’s soccer in France.

Source: FOX Sport

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