Emmanuel Macron, clinging to the Elysee 2022

This Thursday at 5.15 p.m., President Macron will play a football match with the Variétés Club de France on behalf of the Yellow Pieces operation. A match for a good cause or for his?

The Parisian announced on Monday: President Macron will set foot on the lawn of the Léo-Lagrange stadium in Poissy as a player, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Varieties Club de France against a team of caregivers from the Poissy-Saint-Germain hospital center -en-Laye. The profits drawn from the ticket office and the sponsors will be donated to the Fondation Hospitals of Paris-Hospitals of France. The initiative for this match was launched this summer by Karl Olive (ex-Canal + Sports department). The Parisian tells that the current mayor of Poissy and player himself of the associative club dear to Jacques Vendroux had received a phone call from Emmanuel Macron just before a Variety match in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. Karl Olive had put the President of the Republic on loudspeaker to motivate his teammates. The latter had agreed to come and play “When the health situation permits” , then celebrate together “The third half” at the Élysée.

In the footsteps of VGE

Karl Olive, mayor without a label and ex-UMP, has a habit of showering social networks with very strong compliments against the head of state. His invitation is therefore not political, of course! Especially seven months before the presidential elections … This afternoon, under the encouragement of Brigitte Macron, the “undeclared” candidate invited by a “neutral” mayor will therefore have fun with Karembeu, Pirès, Wenger, Rudi Garcia or Claude Puel. We remember that on April 27, 2017, before the second round of the presidential elections, on a visit to Sarcelles, the candidate Macron had dabbled with the young people of the city, just to remember that he was well received in the suburbs. Unlike her opponent Marine Le Pen, the unworthy slayer of the Republican “living together” …

It will be understood: the football argument has always been part of his political strategy! Yet another point in common with Valéry Giscard d’Estaing to whom he resembles so much, in his career and his ideas. A year before his election to the 1974 presidential election, the great bourgeois VGE had skillfully conveyed an image of simplicity and normality by being filmed playing – deplorably – football with the elected officials of Chamalières … Football, sport popular par excellence, allows Emmanuel Macron to mitigate somewhat a stubborn reputation of “president of the rich” which stuck to him since his election. Moreover, just after his triumph on May 7 against Marine Le Pen, he was invited to the training of OM during his summer vacation in Marseille. He had not made the trip for nothing, since coach Rudi Garcia had offered him a Totti flocked Roma jersey …

Right-left, at the same time

In May 2018, Emmanuel Macron congratulated OM on qualifying for the Europa League final, once again affirming his attachment to the club apart from the popu and cosmopolitan city, rebel against Parisian centralism. A clever originality for the one who symbolizes the “technos” of the capital, but who remains unaffiliated with PSG, a club of the rich conspired throughout France. A bold Republican breakthrough when we know that the French presidents remain neutral in football in order to “Do not cleave” . Macron is pro-OM and assumes it! Even if he knows how to play with the turbulence of Classico, as during his phone call to Kylian Mbappé on Tik-Tok against Youtubers McFly and Carlito. He challenged them by claiming that Kylian Mbappé was about to join Olympique de Marseille: “Impossible to go to Marseille, Kylian laughed. It’s not in our DNA, that! ” This “improvised” impromptu had hit the mark with djeun’s, amazed by this nice president …

Macron’s OM passion dates back to the glory years and the 1993 final against AC Milan, of course: “I remember this match with a lot of emotion, because I also remember the lost match and the tears a little before, he confessed on RMC Sport in July 2019. I also have a photo of Boli’s goal taken from behind the goals. It’s a wonderful memory … These OM years are very great years for me. I have always remained loyal to this club. ” Emmanuel Macron may have patented through football his famous formula of ” the same time ” , since this right-handed ball in his foot was in his younger years, like his model Éric Di Meco … a left side! Like any good head of state quick to capitalize on great national sporting successes, Emmanuel Macron had not forgotten to pin the Legion of Honor to the Blues of DD, world champions 2018. He owed them that, in gratitude of his eruptive joy as a teenager in the VIP stand during the final against Croatia, at the Luzhniki stadium, under the wide eyes of Vladimir Poutin. But the year 2021 has greatly disappointed the monarch, after the failure of the France team at the Euro and especially after a tricolor harvest at the Tokyo Olympics that he described as “Mixed” (sic). The Blues of Deschamps will therefore have an interest in shining next year in Qatar if they want to see a new charm attached to their suit by Macron at the Elysee. If he is re-elected …

By Chérif Ghemmour

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