Emmanuel Macron will go to the Clairefontaine training center (Yvelines) on Thursday to encourage the French football team before the Euro which begins the next day, according to the Elysee.
The head of state will share lunch with the Blues, including Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema, who will start the competition with a top match against Germany on June 15.
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Located in the middle of the woods of Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, the “house of the Blues” is placed under a health “bubble”, with the respect of a strict protocol because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
By going there, Emmanuel Macron is continuing a tradition launched by Jacques Chirac in 1998 and which he has respected since the start of the five-year term by having supported the French men's and women's teams before the 2018 World Cups in Russia and 2019 in France.
"These competitions, we win them first when we are not afraid," he declared to Les Bleues.
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A year earlier, with his wife Brigitte, he had ordered the Blues to win "the second star", that is to say a second world championship title after that of 1998. He then went to Moscow for the final won by France against Croatia 4-2. A declared supporter of Olympique de Marseille, Emmanuel Macron speaks frequently of football, as on May 19 in the Aube, where he declared to have "complete confidence in Didier Deschamps", the coach of the Blues, who "showed that" he knew how to choose a collective "and" to animate it, with results in the key ". Accompanied by the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu, he also went in September 2019 to the Marcoussis National Rugby Center (Essonne) to encourage the XV of France before the World Cup in Japan.