Mbappé calls for voting in France after the advance of the far right: “We cannot leave the country in the hands of those people”

Mbappé calls for voting in France after the advance of the far right: “We cannot leave the country in the hands of those people”
Mbappé calls for voting in France after the advance of the far right: “We cannot leave the country in the hands of those people”

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HAMBURG.- The captain of the French football team, Kylian Mbappésaid on Thursday that It is “urgent to go and vote” after the “catastrophic results” of the first round of the French legislative elections, in which The far-right National Rally (RN) party finished in first place.

“More than ever, we must go out and vote. It is really urgent. We cannot leave the country in the hands of those people, it is really urgent. “We saw the results, it’s catastrophic,” said the striker, who is in Germany, where France will face Portugal in the quarter-finals of the European Championship on Friday.

Kylian Mbappé urged the French to vote to prevent the victory of the far rightOZAN ​​KOSE – AFP

The footballer, who recently announced his incorporation into the Real Madridhad declared during a press conference on the eve of France’s opening match at the Euro, before the first round of elections, that “the extremes are knocking on the doors of power.”

“I believe that we are a generation that can make a difference. Today we can see very clearly that the extremes are at the doorstep of power and we have the opportunity to choose the future of our country.”the footballer then stressed regarding the youngsters. “Every vote counts and we must not ignore it,” he stressed. Mbappé added that it is a situation that is “more important than tomorrow’s match,” in reference to a tie at the Euro Cup.

Also the forward Marcus Thuram had previously urged people to “fight daily” to prevent National Rally from becoming the largest party in France.

National Reunion President Jordan BardellaDIMITAR DILKOFF-POOL

Who responded to the French national team players at that time was none other than Jordan Bardella, the 28-year-old French far-right leader who could become prime minister if his party wins an absolute majority in parliament.

“I have a lot of respect for our footballers, whether it’s Marcus Thuram or Kylian Mbappé, who are icons of football and icons for young people (…). But we must respect the French, we must respect everyone’s vote.,” Bardella told CNews TV.

“When you are lucky enough to have a very, very large salary, when you are a multimillionaire (…) then I am a little embarrassed to see these athletes (…) to give lessons to people who can no longer make ends meet, who no longer feel safe, who do not have the possibility of living in neighborhoods overprotected by security agents“, he added.

The far-right leader Marine Le Pen assured this Thursday that his party National Reunion (RN) and its allies They can still achieve an absolute majority in the legislative electionswhich will be decided this Sunday in a second round, despite the agreements of his rivals to stop his rise to power.

I think there is still room for an absolute majority if the electorate makes a final effort to get what it wants.“We are in a crisis,” Le Pen said in an interview with BFMTV, three days before the second round of the legislative elections.

The deputy of the National Assembly of France and candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, Marine Le Pen, during the ‘Viva 24’ event of VOX, at the Vistalegre Palace, on May 19, 2024, in Madrid (Spain)A. Perez Meca – Europa Press – A. Perez Meca – Europa Press

His training and his allies succeeded a third of the votes during the first round held on June 30ahead of the left-wing coalition New Popular Front (NFP, 28%) and the centre-right alliance of President Emmanuel Macron (20%).

To avoid an absolute majority of the extreme right, which would open the door to its rise to power for the first time since the Liberation of France from Nazi Germany, the left and the ruling party wove a “republican front”.

This principle implies the withdrawal of the “republican” candidate with the least chance of winning in those constituencies where candidates from both alliances qualified for the runoff, along with a far-right candidate.

“Emmanuel Macron’s great dream is to have a single party (…) for those who want to retain power against the will of the people,” criticised Marine Le Pen, who believes that her party’s voters “are really treated like pariahs.”

Asked about the RN candidates mentioned in recent days for his racist or anti-Semitic statementsdistinguished between “inadmissible comments that will surely lead to sanctions” and “clumsy comments” in front of an “inquisitorial” press.

AFP and AP agencies

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