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In the Coupe de France this weekend, it looks as though Club Franciscain of Martinique have fought their way to the 9th Round and an away game at Ligue 1's Nantes, thanks to the competition allowing clubs from France's overseas territories to compete. The record performance by one of these teams was the last 16 for Geldar Kourou of French Guiana in 1988-89, ironically eliminated by Nantes after 2 legs. Is there anywhere else in the world that does this sort of thing for their domestic cup competitions, even taking a club in from a neighbouring country as a one-season guest?
On a different note, do the FFF pay for the away teams in these ties to take the long-haul flights there and back? Seems like the sort of thing that would multiply the season budget of a French village club, though if these clubs are paid for every season, then where do the FFF get off on saying the Coupe de l'Outre-Mer is too expensive to run ?