A great football fan, the President of the Republic, did not leave empty-handed from Clairefontaine where he went on Thursday, accompanied by his wife, to support the Blues before the start of the European Championship ( June 11-July 11). Emmanuel Macron was given by Noël Le Graët, the president of the FFF, and Didier Deschamps, a jersey with his name flocked to the number 27 (the 28 was offered to the first lady). He also received an autographed photo in the Marie-Louise by the 26 players and the 4 members of the technical staff.
The Head of State appreciated this attention. This is not the traditional official photo, but another less conventional one, also taken on Friday June 4 by the famous Parisian photographer Jean-François Robert. Specialized in portraiture, the latter was not disoriented. He had, in fact, already collaborated in March 2019 with the Blues. Far from the cliché where the players appear tight in rows of onions, the mine sometimes stiff, we discover the internationals and the staff between expressive faces and relaxed attitudes.
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The guiding idea of this shoot, described as a real moment of pleasure and sharing, is to stick perfectly to the state of mind of the France group. The photo proves to be in line with what this collective emerges. There is good humor and camaraderie, while keeping some serious postures.
A patchwork in blue-white-red colors
The scenography had been carefully studied. All smiles, Didier Deschamps is supervised by Raphaël Varane and Guy Stephan. Kylian Mbappé is seated in the front row when Benjamin Pavard is squatting with a ball. Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud or captain Hugo Lloris pose standing. The players wear multiple pieces of equipment to form a patchwork of blue-white-red colors.
During his visit, Emmanuel Macron gave a warm speech by delivering three messages: “Do not give up, even if some times will be hard, and even give what you no longer have to give, because it is the one who has the no longer want who wins. Never forget that you are a group, even if you have very strong individualities. Finally, be enthusiastic and make us enthusiastic, he shouted in front of the attentive Blues. I have one last word: win and bring back the cup on July 11! “