Thursday at 5.15 p.m., Emmanuel Macron will set foot on the lawn of the Léo-Lagrange stadium in Poissy (Yvelines). The president will put on the crampons for a half time with the Variety club of France, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. This football club brings together stars of the round ball. The president, an OM fan, will tease the ball with former internationals and coaches such as Robert Pirès, Christian Karembeu, Arsène Wenger, Alain Giresse, Claude Puel, Rudi Garcia, Sidney Govou.
The tennis player Richard Gasquet and the mayor of the city of Poissy Karl Olive will also be on the field. This former sports boss of Canal + is close to the head of state – in 2018, Emmanuel Macron prefaced one of his works. They will face a team of caregivers from the intercommunal hospital center of Poissy Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Brigitte Macron will be in the bays of the stadium because a check (from the receipts of the ticket office and the sponsors) must be given to the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France, which she chairs as part of the “Yellow Pieces” operation “. But this game of football – “already sold out”, according to the organizers – is not just a charity. A few hours earlier, Emmanuel Macron – who greeted the victory of the Blues on his twitter account on Sunday evening – must announce new aid in the direction of local sports activities.
“You will then come to the Élysée for the third half”
Does the pre-electoral context also play a role in this operation? Six months before the presidential election, the opposition will not fail to mock a president who takes out the checkbook again and campaigns, without having officially revealed himself. Anyway, this coming to the Léo-Lagrange stadium germinated before the summer. On June 6, the Variétés met in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises (Haute-Marne) in the town dear to General de Gaulle. That day, the footballers inaugurated a stadium in the name of the general. In the locker room, before kick-off, prepare Michel Platini, his former teammates in the France team, but also the journalist Jacques Vendroux, who has family ties with the founder of the Fifth Republic.
Karl Olive’s phone rings. It is Emmanuel Macron who wants to greet all the participants. We plug in the speaker. “I can not be with you, but I will come to play when the health situation allows it, promises the president. And then you will come to the Élysée for the third half ”. Promise kept. The players should then be received at the Élysée.