A collective of athletes, together with Marie-José Pérec, Isabelle Autissier and Yannick Noah, calls to vote “against the extreme right” | EUROtoday

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“Today we are behind, on the verge of losing the match. But we still have a few days left to react. Next June 30 and July 7: let's vote for hope! Let's vote against the far right, which has just achieved a historic score in the European elections”write round sixty French sports activities personalities, in a column revealed Sunday June 16 on the web site of The Team.

“We are well aware of the growing difficulties many face in making ends meet, anger at inequality, lack of commitment and fear for the future. But as professional athletes, coaches and decision-makers, we cannot resign ourselves to seeing the extreme right take power in our country.they continue.

The platform has notably been signed for the moment by former athletes Marie-José Pérec and Monique Ewanjé-Epée, sailors Isabelle Autissier and François Gabart, former footballer Vikash Dhorasoo and ex-rugbymen Serge Betsen and Fulgence Ouedraogo and Yannick Noah, last French winner of the Roland-Garros tournament. Its authors believe that the extreme right “tramples respect”which they think about to be “one of the cornerstones of sport”.

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“An extraordinary opportunity”

Sport, they emphasize, “showed us that despite our differences; skin colors, religions, accents, cultures, sexual orientations, disabilities, genders, we are part of the same team, and that our diversity is a strength. The far right exploits these differences and manipulates our fears to divide us. »

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to show our country that we, sportsmen and women and actors in this world, are calling for a more inclusive and democratic society. We can build a France where every individual, whatever their origin, is treated with dignity”conclude the signatories, amongst whom additionally embrace the previous boxer Brahim Asloum, the ex-tennis participant Marion Bartoli, the walker Yohann Diniz, the fencers Astrid Guyart and Ysaora Thibus or the swimmer Malia Metella.

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