Committed in the run-up to the second round of the presidential election, around fifty sportsmen are calling for a blockage to Marine Le Pen’s RN on April 24.
On the eve of major sporting events whose organization has been entrusted to France – the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics – these athletes do not imagine themselves competing for a country embodied at its head by a far-right president. In the aftermath of the first round of the presidential election which saw the outgoing head of state Emmanuel Macron (LREM) find Marine Le Pen (RN) at the top of the bill, there are around fifty of them this Tuesday to mobilize against the Rassemblement National.
« We, French sportsmen and women from all walks of life and all disciplines, cannot imagine that this historic moment is marked with the seal of a far-right presidency.can we read in a joint press release relayed by Le Parisien. If we are fully aware of the difficulties that many French people are going through, we are convinced that voting for a party that would endanger republican values would be the worst remedy. The sport in which we believe, that of the values of Olympism, is made of friendship and respect; it is the place of diversity. He rejects all discrimination. Everywhere on the territory, in our cities, our suburbs and our countryside, sport is a powerful remedy for exclusion. In these uncertain times, it is a rallying point. This is the case when a whole nation remembers that it is ONE by vibrating in unison behind the exploits of its athletes. »
And to conclude: It is because we believe in this sport, fraternal and inclusive, that we are committed to preventing our nation from placing at its head a president who embodies the very opposite, the stigmatization of the other, the withdrawal into oneself, nationalism. And that we therefore call to vote for Emmanuel Macron on April 24th. »
The signatories: Clarisse Agbégnénou (judo), Samir Aït Saïd (gymnastics), Valériane Ayayi Vukosavljevic (basketball), Brahim Asloum (boxing), Romain Bardet (cycling), Cécilia Berder (fencing), Alain Bernard (swimming), Marie Bochet ( alpine paraskiing), Laure Boulleau (football), Justine Braisaz-Bouchet (biathlon), Romain Cannone (fencing), Souleymane Cissokho (boxing), Élodie Clouvel (pentathlon), Cléopâtre Darleux (handball), Isabelle Demongeot (tennis), Stéphane Diagana (athletics), Boris Diaw (basketball), Céline Dumerc (basketball), Antoine Dupont (rugby), Gévrise Émane (judo), Maud Fontenoy (sailing), Pierre Gasly (F 1), Edgar Grospiron (mogul skiing), Amandine Henry (football), Stéphane Houdet (paratennis), Muriel Hurtis (athletics), Mickaël Jeremiasz (paratennis), Nikola Karabatic (handball), Raphaël Ibanez (rugby), Jean Le Cam (sailing), Eugénie Le Sommer (football), Christophe Lemaitre (athletics), Laure Manaudou (swimming), Blaise Matuidi (football), Frédéric Michalak (rugby), Estelle Mossely (boxing), Earvin Ngapeth (volleyball), Valérie Nicolas (handball), Yannick Noah (tennis), Sarah Ourahmoune (boxing), Jean-Pierre Papin (football), Tony Parker (basketball), Dimitri Payet (football), Marie-José Pérec (athletics), Allison Pineau (handball), Thibaut Pinot (cycling), Jackson Richardson (handball), Charles Rozoy (para swimming), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (tennis), Jessy Trémoulière (rugby), Cameron Woki (rugby ), Tony Yoka (boxing).
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