No football boycott for the Nupes this year. This Wednesday evening, the deputies of La France insoumise (LFI) agreed to play football alongside one of their colleagues from the National Rally (RN), after a categorical refusal last year. The traditional match of the National Assembly took place with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower, at the Emile Anthoine stadium.
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The parliamentary team, which brings together MPs from all sides, held this charity meeting for the benefit of the e-Enfance association, which fights against cyberbullying of minors. On the same day, the Premier presented her plan to combat bullying. "It's a very well realized coincidence," enthuses the deputy player The Republicans (LR) Pierre-Henri Dumont, who specifies that "the date of the match was fixed for four months".
The players of the lower house faced on the pitch professional opponents, such as Christian Karembeu, Robert Pirès and Sidney Govou but also rappers (Romeo Elvis and Jok'air) and comedians (Paul de Saint Sernin, Redouane Bougheraba and Paul Mirabel). If the representatives of the nation have suffered a new defeat (5-3) this season, they have managed to collect 14,000 euros from companies.
"We were a team together"
On Wednesday, only the deputy of the Oise Alexandre Sabatou represented the colors of the RN on the ground, against four in 2022. At the time, the rebellious MPs abstained from participating, refusing to contribute to the "so-called 'normalisation'" of the party. They were soon followed by the socialists who opposed "this trivialization of the extreme right" and even by some Renaissance deputies, like Benjamin Haddad and Marc Ferracci.
The rebellious deputies today explain their participation by the low number of RN footballers. "We must be six, seven from La France insoumise, only one from the RN. I find that it is rather they who are marginalized, "justified on the ground Eric Coquerel to BFMTV. For Alexandre Sabatou, already present at the previous meeting, the former position of his teammates had little foundation: "La Nupes, and LFI in particular, always tries to talk about them, even on subjects as trivial as a football match." The elected representative of the Oise says that "there was no problem" between the players: "We made a common team, we made passes.»
However, the situation remains uncomfortable for some. Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade, Renaissance MP, did not go to the 2022 sports edition: "It bothered me and it bothered me. This is still the case today but, at the same time, we come here to defend a cause, "he explains at the microphone of BFMTV. For the LR Pierre-Henri Dumont, there is "no subject". The elected representative of Pas-de-Calais "regrets that it takes such idiotic proportions" while no player had expressed reluctance before the match according to him.