Athletes call to vote Macron: “Defending sporting values ​​is fighting against the rise to power of the extreme right”

At a time when the French are preparing to vote for the second round of the presidential elections, some fifty athletes, who represent France in the four corners of the world, have decided to take the floor to make their voices heard. It seems unthinkable to them that a far-right presidency is in power as France prepares to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 or the Paris Olympics in 2024. That is why they are calling for a vote for Emmanuel Macron. Le Parisien publishes its forum exclusively with France information.

“We, French athletes from all walks of life and from all disciplines, cannot imagine that this historic moment is marked with the stamp of a far-right presidency. 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. Reject all discrimination. In all parts of the territory, in our cities, our suburbs and our fields, sport is a powerful remedy against exclusion. In these uncertain times, it is a meeting point. This is the case when an entire nation remembers that it is ONE by vibrating in unison behind the exploits of its athletes.

“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 opposite, the stigmatization of the other, the withdrawal into oneself, nationalism. And that is why we call to vote for Emmanuel Macron on April 24. »

The petitioners: Clarisse Agbégnénou (judo), Samir Aït Saïd (gymnastics), Valériane Ayayi Vukosavljević (basketball), Brahim Asloum (boxing), Romain Bardet (cycling), Cécilia Berder (fencing), Alain Bernard (swimming), Marie Bochet (alpine para-skiing) , 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 Ibañez (rugby), Jean Le Cam (sailing), Eugénie Le Sommer (football), Christophe Lemaitre (athletics) , Laure Manaudou (swimming), Blaise Matuidi (football), Frédéric Michalak (rugby), Estelle Mosely (boxing), Earvin N g apeth (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 (paraswimming), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (tennis), Jessy Trémoulière (rugby), Cameron Woki (rugby), Tony Yoka (boxing ).

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