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Watch French President Macron plays soccer with other legends

16:14, 15 October 2021
Watch French President Macron plays soccer with other legends Photo: Vincent Isore/imago-images.de/Global Look Press

“He is not Maradona but he knows how to play,” a French journalist wrote after the President’s team beat CHU de Poissy 6-1 in a charity game.

President of France Emmanuel Macron has taken part in a charity football match aiming at raising money for the mission called Les Pieces Jaunes which improves the conditions of hospitals around the country.

The President appeared wearing a light-blue kit with number 3, his lucky number, taking the defensive midfield position for the Variétés football club. 

Macron was playing alongside such symbolic football figures as Chelsea’s and Real’s legend Marcel Desailly, Arsenal’s ex-coach Arsène Wenger and former players Christian Karembeu, Robert Pirès, and others.

Macron spent almost the whole game on the pitch and even scored a penalty.

The game was held on the 50th anniversary of the Variétés. The charity organizations sought to honor med workers who participated in handling the COVID pandemic in the country and raise money for Poissy’s hospitals.

The event was also attended by the First Lady of France Brigitte Macron who is a co-founder of the Pieces Jaunes and the President of the Foundation des Hôpitaux whose aim is to ameliorate the conditions of patients and staff members in French hospitals. Accompanied by her husband, the French First Lady declared a donation of €50,000 ($58,000) to the organization.

“Thank you, doctors and nurses, you are always there when we need you,” Ms. Macron said.

Approximately 1,500 spectators were recorded in the stands.

The game was followed by a charity dinner at the Élysée Palace. Many netizens have denounced the party since few were wearing masks during the public gathering. Many accused Macron of hypocrisy taking into account health pass restrictions and mandatory vaccination introduced by the France’s President in July.