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French athletes launch manifesto rejecting the extreme right

French athletes launch manifesto rejecting the extreme right in the country

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 18, 2024 | 2:30 pm

The French sports elite unites against the threat of the far right, in an effort to maintain democratic values.

Almost 200 French athletes, including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marion Bartoli, have signed a manifesto against the extreme right. This document is a clear statement of the values ​​that these athletes wish to defend. They want an inclusive and democratic country, far from the divisions promoted by the extreme right.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who retired in 2022 after reaching world number 5 and winning 18 ATP titles, is one of the signatories. Also joining were Marion Bartoli, winner of eleven WTA titles, Julien Benneteau, bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, and Yannick Noah, the last Frenchman to win a Grand Slam at Roland Garros 1983. The list includes notable names from different sports disciplines, all united for the same cause.

French athletes launch manifesto rejecting the extreme right in the country

Former footballer Vikash Dhorasoo, known for his time at Milan and his participation with the French team in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, is another of the signatories. In addition, Candice Prévost, former PSG player, joins this initiative along with prominent athletics figures such as Benjamin Compaoré, European triple jump champion, and Florence Masnada, Olympic champion. Fencer and Olympic medalist, Ysaora Thibus, has also signed the manifesto, underlining the diversity and scope of this declaration.

Kylian Mbappé's concern and the call to action before the Euro Cup

Kylian Mbappé, one of the great stars of world football, has been clear in his message: «The extremes are at the doors of our power. "I call on everyone to vote, to become aware of the situation." With these words, Mbappé highlights the importance of citizen participation in critical moments for the nation.

The PSG forward, who will soon join Real Madrid, does not hide from the political situation. «They say that you should not mix politics and sport. The country is in an important situation and I am against division," he says. Mbappé emphasizes that defending a country that represents its values ​​is more meaningful than any football match, even in the context of the Euro Cup.

This manifesto is not It is just a statement against the extreme right; It is a defense of democratic values and inclusion that many consider essential for the future of France. The involvement of such prominent national sports figures underlines the seriousness of the situation and the need for collective action.

The response of these athletes is a reminder that sport and politics are inevitably intertwined, especially when the fundamental values ​​of a society are at stake. This mobilization could be a catalyst for other sectors of society to join in the fight for a more inclusive and democratic future.

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