Noah, Thibus, Bartoli, Pérec… athletes call to vote against the far right in the legislative elections

Noah, Thibus, Bartoli, Pérec… athletes call to vote against the far right in the legislative elections

“Today we are behind, on the verge of losing the match. » In a column published this Sunday on the website of the newspaper L’Équipe, French athletes took a stand before the early legislative elections (June 30 – July 7). And the message is clear: “Let’s vote against the far right, which has just achieved a historic score in the European elections. »

From Brahim Asloum (boxing) to Ysaora Thibus (fencing) via Marion Bartoli and Yannick Noah (tennis), François Gabart (sailing) or even Julien Lizeroux (skiing) and Yohann Diniz (athletics), more than 150 retired or still athletes in activity have chosen to speak with a common voice: “As professional athletes, coaches and decision-makers, we cannot resign ourselves to seeing the extreme right take power in our country. »

While the captain of the French football team, Kylian Mbappé, also called for blocking “the extremes”, the forum urges us to never forget “the lessons of the past”.

“We are part of the same team”

“Sport has shown 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,” we can also say. read in this column.

“We call on all people who are passionate about sport to mobilize against the rise of the far right. On June 30 and July 7, voting will not only be a civic duty, but also an act of love for our country, for our loved ones, and for all those more fragile than us, who will be prey to discrimination if the “extreme right comes to power”, conclude the athletes.

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