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France's journey to the European Championship in Germany has been interspersed with an election marketing campaign in its nation wherein the far proper got here near victory with statements that immediately attacked the center of a crew that has made multiculturalism an indicator. Nor is it the primary time that French footballers have determined to confront the Le Pen household: Didier Deschamps did it within the Nineteen Nineties with Jean-Marie, the founding father of the National Front, and Zinedine Zidane did it seven years in the past together with his daughter and successor, Marine.

And now once more. From the start of his keep on the Paderborn camp. The subsequent day, June 10, Emmanuel Macron referred to as for the elections to be introduced ahead after the far-right had gained the European elections the day earlier than. The subject got here and went out and in of the appearances and issues of the coach and the footballers, some as dedicated as Jules Koundé, who breathed a sigh of reduction on Sunday night after studying the estimates of the primary polls for the second spherical of the legislative elections: “The relief is the same as the concern of the last few weeks, it is immense. Congratulations to all the French people who mobilized so that this beautiful country that is France would not be governed by the far right,” he wrote in X.

He was not the one one with that feeling, as Adrien Rabiot recounted yesterday about how the group had adopted the outcomes of the second around the day earlier than after the far proper had gained the primary spherical: “Some players have been quite active on social media. We have spoken, and I think there are a lot of people who have felt relieved after the results.”

For instance, Aurélien Tchouameni, who celebrated the end result on X: “The victory of the People,” a message that obtained supportive responses and in addition racist assaults, lots of them in Spanish. Or Dembélé, who posted two photos on Instagram: a smiling photograph of himself and the graph of the primary polls. Or Marcus Thuram: “Congratulations to those who have responded to the danger that loomed over our beautiful country. Long live diversity, long live the republic, long live France. The fight continues.”

Kylian Mbappé had began it earlier than France's debut, two weeks earlier than the primary spherical. The new Real Madrid participant made a huge impact: “I am against extremes, those who divide. There are young people who abstain, I want to get this message across to them. Their voice does change things. I want to be proud to defend a country that represents my values. This is more important than tomorrow's match.”

His message adopted the thread of 1 by Zidane in 2017, when, as Madrid coach, he used the identical phrases in opposition to Marine Le Pen, one thing he had already executed in 2002: the concepts of the National Front must be averted and “extremes are never good.” ZZ, of Algerian dad and mom, had been topped world champion in 1998 with a crew that made a banner of multiculturalism. The captain was Deschamps, who confronted Le Pen senior when he attacked a number of gamers from immigrant households for not singing the anthem.

He was reminded of this within the midst of this unsure electoral course of: “I did it because they directly attacked the players, and as captain I could not allow that. We represent the mix, solidarity, unity, diversity.” Rabiot, of French roots, confirmed just a little extra distance yesterday: “Sports and politics do not always mix well. There is a semi-final tomorrow and we have to put politics aside. It was important that the French went to vote, and they have gone almost more than ever. We will see what the future holds.”

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