Don’t vote for the far right, French sports stars urge the electorate

Don’t vote for the far right, French sports stars urge the electorate

Kylian Mbappé and Marion Bartoli among athletes criticised by rightwing politicians for intervening

More than 200 French athletes and sporting personalities have signed an open letter calling on voters to reject the far right in the snap parliamentary election called by Emmanuel Macron, describing it as “not only … a civic duty, but also an act of love for our country.”

As the official election campaign kicked off with just two weeks to go before the first round, the appeal called for “a more inclusive and democratic society” and accused rightwing politicians of “exploiting” differences and diversity and “manipulating our fears to divide us”.

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