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Giscard d'Estaing, Johnson, Poutine: when politicians try to heal their image with sport

2021-10-15T15:17:08.043Z

THE SCAN SPORT - Communication operations on the ground have not always brought luck to politicians in search of popularity.



Thursday, Emmanuel Macron participated in Poissy in a charitable football match for the benefit of the foundation of hospitals between the Variétés club de France and a selection of nursing staff from the Poissy / Saint-Germain-en-Laye hospital center.

A clever communication operation that looked like a pre-campaign for the 2022 presidential election.

Giscard and the match organized in Chamalières in 1973

He is not the only politician to have used sport to polish his image with voters.

In 1973, a year before moving to the Élysée, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, then Minister of Finance and mayor of Chamalières (Puy-de-Dôme) had a meeting with the city council in front of a selection of traders .

Many years later, in 2008, François Hollande also put on crampons, but with the team of parliamentarians (2008).

Nicolas Sarkozy too, had wet the jersey in 2006, a year before being elected.

Putin takes his feet in the carpet on the ice rink

But it was in Russia that the peak of propaganda was reached with Vladimir Putin's repeated appearances in ice hockey matches.

The president does better than defend himself with skates on his feet, but the ability of his opponents to let him do what he wants on the ice is very suspect each time.

The com 'operation, however, turned into a disaster in 2019 when the Russian head of state, in full lap of honor, "

bit the dust

" on the ice rink while not distinguishing the presence of a carpet on the ice .

The passivity of the opponents of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a big fan of football, participating in a charity match in 2014 before being elected head of the country is also disconcerting.

Boris Johnson knocks down ten-year-old in Japan

Boris Johnson was not yet Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, but simply a Conservative MP when he participated in an exhibition match between a British and German selection in 2006. A performance that left a bitter taste in Maurizio Gaudino who was literally tackled to the ground after a devastating charge.

Johnson had apologized several times to the former German international.

He had also apologized to a ten-year-old child whom he had knocked over "like" a bulldozer in Japan during a small rugby demonstration in Tokyo in 2015.

Evo Morales Knees In Opponent's Genitals

Evo Morales, keen on football, did not really question his image with his compatriots when in 2010, he allowed himself in the middle of a match to give a violent blow with his knees in the genitals of a opponent to La Paz.

Daniel Gustavo Cartagena, member of the Fearless Movement (MSM) party.

The opponent to the power in place, had signed a few moments earlier a tackle based on the Head of State.

A crime of lese majesty.

Injured, Morales had had to take a few days of rest but had apologized for the bloodshot.

Source: lefigaro

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