Nikola Karabatic, Clarisse Agbégnénou, Tony Parker… sportsmen say “no” to Marine Le Pen

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About fifty personalities from the sports world, including judoka Clarisse Agbégnénou, handball player Nikola Karabatic, ex-basketball player Tony Parker and ex-swimmer Laure Manaudou, signed a column, published Tuesday in Le Parisien, calling for a vote for Emmanuel Macron and refusing “a far-right president”.

Yannick Noah, Marie-José Pérec, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or even Jean-Pierre Papin… Some fifty athletes who have worn the colors of France in their disciplines published, on Tuesday April 12, a forum calling for a vote Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election.

“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”, write the signatories of this text published by The Parisian and FranceInfo.

The candidate of the RN, Marine Le Pen, with 23.15%, came second behind Emmanuel Macron (27.85%) after the first round.

“The sport in which we believe, that of the values ​​of Olympism, is made of friendship and respect; it is the place of diversity. It refuses all discrimination”, they continue.

“In these uncertain times, it is a vector of unity. (…) It is because we believe in this sport, fraternal and inclusive, that we are committed to preventing our nation from placing a president at its head. which embodies quite the opposite, the stigmatization of the other, the withdrawal into oneself, nationalism. And which we therefore call on to vote for Emmanuel Macron on April 24th.

The full list of signatories

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 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 Ibañez (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 Ng 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 (para-swimming), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (tennis), Jessy Trémoulière (rugby), Cameron Woki (rugby), Tony Yoka ( boxing).

With AFP

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