Dressed in navy blue pants, a white shirt, a cap and carrying his handgun, he is in Munich with the French supporters, who will be 2,450 this Tuesday evening (9 p.m., M 6) at the Allianz Arena to encourage the Habs against Germany.
Under the direction of Police Commissioner Thibaut Delaunay, Nathanaël Gavant has been working since 2012 at the National Division for the Fight against Hooliganism (DNLH) at the Ministry of the Interior in Paris.
The DNLH is in charge of managing supporters' travel on national and foreign territory.
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This 41-year-old peacekeeper is well acquainted with the world of supportism and has already carried out several missions abroad such as in South Africa and Switzerland. He arrived in Munich on Sunday in the company of four colleagues (including another in uniform). "We must be voluntarily identifiable because we are responsible for acting as the interface between the French supporters and the local German police authorities," explains the father of three children. My mission on this meeting is to facilitate the stay of French supporters for information or following thefts or losses. To prevent the French from meeting supporters at risk, if there are any, we are providing assistance to the German police. The French fans are generally happy to see us and even reassured. On this match,we meet a festive and family audience. "
Nathanaël Gavant (right), in Munich this Tuesday with the supporters of the Blues, has already carried out previous missions in South Africa or Switzerland.
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"It is comprehensive insurance for us," insists Yannick, president of the Blue Supporters section of Dunkirk.
Their role is very important.
It is our relay in case of problem.
In large groups like ours, there are sometimes small problems such as a loss of papers and their help is then very precious.
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Three other plainclothes police officers called "spotters" (physiognomists) are also present to identify possible troublemakers among the French.
Throughout the competition, French police will accompany Les Bleus fans in different countries.
The other nations participating in the Euro proceed in the same way.
This is the result of international cooperation including the command center based in The Hague in the Netherlands, throughout the event.
European Police Champion in 2010
If his profession brings him to football, his two other occupations also concern the round ball. Nathanaël Gavant occupies, in fact, a double cap of coach of the U 15 goalkeepers at Paris FC and of the seniors in Ivry (N 3). Normal for a former goalkeeper, European police champion in 2010, who has evolved in particular in many Ile-de-France clubs in National and CFA (Entente SSG, Drancy, Villemomble and Racing).
“It requires a certain organization but I love my jobs because I stay in a world that thrills and fascinates me, football. "His role with the supporters of the Blues sometimes leads him to happy coincidences. “When I ensure their safety, I will see Franck Raviot, the coach of the goalkeepers of the France team who gave me the diplomas of professional goalkeeper coaches, he says. Franck is very available but he is also surprised to see me in police uniform
Football has allowed me to meet great people. "