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French enthusiastic about signing of David Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain

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    British soccer player David Backham, smiles during a press conference at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. David Beckham will join Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, opting for a move to France after mulling over lucrative offers from around the world since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.(AP Photo/Benjamin Girette) (The Associated Press)

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    British soccer player David Beckham, smiles during a press conference, in at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Beckham will join Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, opting for a move to France after mulling over lucrative offers from around the world since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.(AP Photo/Michel Euler) (The Associated Press)

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    Paris Saint Germain's President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, left, British soccer player David Backham, and Sports Director Leonardo, right, pose with Backham's jersey during a press conference, in at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. David Beckham will join Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, opting for a move to France after mulling over lucrative offers from around the world since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.(AP Photo/Michel Euler) (The Associated Press)

David Beckham's sudden arrival at Paris Saint-Germain has been warmly received in France.

Beckham joined the cash-rich club Thursday and announced he would donate his salary to a children's charity.

The 37-year-old former England captain turned down several other offers as he bids to win the championship with a fourth different club in a fourth different country. His globe-trotting career follows success at Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Daily newspaper Le Parisien headlined with "PSG gives itself a royal gift," while Marseille-based newspaper La Provence said "Popstar David Beckham arrives to fanfare in Paris."