French newspaper L’Équipe uses anti-fascist slogan against Spain before semi-final match

French newspaper L’Équipe uses anti-fascist slogan against Spain before semi-final match
French newspaper L’Équipe uses anti-fascist slogan against Spain before semi-final match

“They shall not pass.” The slogan became popular among Republican militias during the civil war to stop the advance of Franco’s troops. And it has been used, in Spanish, in recent weeks by the French left to appeal to the vote against Marine Le Pen’s far right. Now, the sports daily L’Équipe has taken it up again. But, this time, to stop the Spanish football team before Tuesday’s match.

On the front page of the paper, next to the anti-fascist proclamation, five players from the French team appear. Among them, Jules Koundé, who in recent weeks has made several calls for his compatriots to go to the polls. “We must block the extreme right,” the defender said. “To reach the final, Blues They will have to hold their own against Spain, the most attractive team in the Euro,” writes L’Équipe.

Since Emmanuel Macron announced the early French legislative elections on the evening of 9 June, the phrase “no pasarán” has been heard on many occasions. It has been uttered by demonstrators in Paris. It has given its name to a protest song by rappers. It has even been used by a former footballer such as Éric Cantona. Now, the enemy they are opposing is not fascism, but the team led by Luis de la Fuente. This Tuesday, the two countries will face each other at 9pm in the semi-finals of the European Championship to secure a ticket to the final next Sunday.

Committed footballers

Koundé has not been the only footballer who has ‘got his hands dirty’ with the elections. Ousmane Dembélé shared in his stories on Instagram a picture of his smiling face, minutes after the publication of the Ipsos projections that gave victory to the New Popular Front, to the detriment of National Regrouping, which obtained third place.

That photo (of Dembélé) was also shared by Marcus Thuram, who was the first to publicly take a stand from the French national team. The Inter Milan player warned, after the European elections, of the situation in which both his country and Europe found themselves: “We all have to go and vote, tell everyone to go and vote. And, above all, as citizens, we must fight every day so that this does not happen again. So that the RN does not happen.” [el partido de Le Pen]”. After the result of the second round was announced, Thuram celebrated on his social networks: “Long live diversity, long live the Republic, long live France. The fight continues.”

Alongside these two, also Ibrahima Konate or Aurélien Tchouameni. The first, through emojis who were celebrating having stopped the far right. The Real Madrid player, for his part, described the result as a “victory of the people”.

For all these reasons, they are “imbeciles” for Vox

After that, the president of the Corts Valencianes and second authority of the Valencian Community, Llanos Massó, from Vox, harshly criticized the players of the French team and called them “imbeciles”

Massó stated on the social network X, with typos included: “Hopefully on Tuesday we can celebrate Spain’s victory, not so much for football but for defeating some imbecile elitist millionaires who, while they live in their mansions, condemn their compatriots to insecurity and disaster and celebrate it.”

Commitment from some, lukewarmness from others

The Spanish national team players, on the other hand, chose not to take a position. This was in response to the statements made by the French star and new Real Madrid striker, Kylian Mbappé, who, like his teammates, called for a vote against the far right: “I hope we are still proud to wear this shirt on July 7.”

Asked about this, Unai Simon, the Spanish goalkeeper, decided not to comment. “I am a footballer and political issues should be left to others,” he said.

“They shall not pass.” The slogan became popular among Republican militias during the civil war to stop the advance of Franco’s troops. And it has been used, in Spanish, in recent weeks by the French left to appeal to the vote against Marine Le Pen’s far right. Now, the sports daily L’Équipe has taken it up again. But, this time, to stop the Spanish football team before Tuesday’s match.

On the front page of the paper, next to the anti-fascist proclamation, five players from the French team appear. Among them, Jules Koundé, who in recent weeks has made several calls for his compatriots to go to the polls. “We must block the extreme right,” the defender said. “To reach the final, Blues They will have to hold their own against Spain, the most attractive team in the Euro,” writes L’Équipe.

 
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