Nathalie Boy de la Tour named French Football League president

Nathalie Boy de la Tour has been elected president of the French Football League (LFP) after Raymond Domenech's candidacy was rejected.

Former France coach Domenech, 64, was put forward by the newly elected Administrative Council, but the man who steered Les Bleus to the 2006 World Cup final was rejected by two-thirds of the General Assembly.

Subsequently, Domenech, who is the head of France's professional coaches' union (UNECATEF) and has been working in the media since ending his six-year tenure with the national team in 2010, withdrew his candidacy, paving the way for Boy de la Tour's election.

Boy de la Tour, who became the first woman elected to the LFP's Administrative Council in 2013, had been the organisation's Director General of their Football Foundation for the last eight years.

She succeeds Frederic Thiriez, who resigned in April.

Meanwhile, the 20 Ligue 1 clubs have come to a deal on the division of TV money in the coming seasons to end their conflict.

Nine of the French top-flight's smaller teams, including Montpellier and Rennes, were unhappy with how the annual jackpot of €748.5 million was to be split up over the next four years.

The clubs, who are not included in France's Premiere Ligue group of elite clubs that contains the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Monaco, complained the ratio between what the league's top sides received and what those near the foot of the table got was too big.

However, at a five-hour-long meeting in Paris on Thursday, representatives of the 20 Ligue 1 clubs agreed the ratio between the share for the champions and the bottom side will drop from 1:4.1 for this season to 1:3.6 next season and 1:3.2 for the following two seasons of the current TV deal.

After that, should a new TV rights contract bring in €1 billion or more a season, the ratio between first and 20th will drop to 1:2.5 and 1:2.2 if the rights deal climbs to €1.5bn annually.

To help make up the existing difference this season, the three teams that are relegated in May will receive a €2m parachute payment.

Additionally, the discussions also brought agreement on which eight presidents will stand for election to sit on the French Football League's Administrative Council.

"I'm delighted to see the 20 Ligue 1 presidents get together," Bernard Caiazzo, Premiere Ligue president and Chairman of Saint-Etienne's Supervisory Board, said. "If we're not all united, how will we be able to go up against the big foreign leagues?"