Before PSG’s entry into the Champions League, this Tuesday against Juventus (9 p.m. on RMC Sport), Christophe Galtier and Kylian Mbappé find themselves at the heart of a lively controversy. The Parisian coach and his striker are the subject of numerous criticisms from men and women politicians, who accuse them of a lack of consideration for the ecological cause.
Christophe Galtier probably did not expect such a controversy before the match against Juventus, this Tuesday at the Parc des Princes in Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). The Parisian coach was the author of a remarkable joke on the movements of Paris Saint-Germain in “yachting” rather than by plane during his press conference. Enough to trigger a real tidal wave on the networks.
Like the Minister of Sports, Amelie Oudea-Casterawho directly challenged the PSG coach, many actors in political life took up the subject to tackle the lightness of the technician concerning the ecological question and the laughter of Kylian Mbappé present at his side.
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“They don’t even pretend anymore”
Within the Parisian club, and in particular in the highest spheres, the behavior of Christophe Galtier and Kylian Mbappé has greatly irritated, while the PSG is negotiating with the SNCF to find lasting solutions during its trips to France. Many politicians took the opportunity to remind the two soccer stars of the importance of the environmental issue.
Ecologist MEP Karima Delli quickly reacted by describing the reaction of the 2018 world champion and his coach as “unacceptable”. Before tackling the two men: “They don’t even pretend to be selfish anymore to care about global warming or the future of our societies…”
A position shared by MP LFI Clémentine Autain who railed against the laughter of the player and Christophe Galtier. “The sneers and contempt for our burning planet, launched the elected representative of Seine-Saint-Denis. This disconnection from emergencies and what we are experiencing is appalling.”
Hidalgo asks them to wake up
Obviously a supporter of PSG and often present at the Parc des Princes for the club’s important matches, Anne Hidalgo also split an indignant tweet. The mayor of Paris has called Christophe Galtier and Kylian Mbappé to an ecological awakening.
“No, but it’s not okay to answer stuff like that, the Parisian city councilor ignited in a message on social networks. Are we waking up guys??? Here is Paris.”
A problem of “decency” or “contempt”
Beyond those who criticize Kylian Mbappé and Christophe Galtier for their lack of involvement in favor of the preservation of the planet, others have also underlined the totally disconnected attitude of the PSG star and his coach. “The planet is literally burning, recalled the environmentalist MEP Benjamin Lucas. We can not cry and remain in his selfishness. At least we avoid laughing at it. Question of decency.
In response to some who highlight the negotiations between the PSG and the SNCF concerning more eco-responsible journeys, the deputy for Paris Danièle Obono replied that it was better to highlight these constructive exchanges rather than the displayed irony by Christophe Galtier.
Matthieu Orphelin, former ecologist deputy to the National Assembly, advocates above all the need to educate the French in the environmental cause. According to him, Christophe Galtier and Kylian Mbappé should inform themselves better and use their notoriety to defend the planet and serve as heralds of ecology, rather than laughing at it.
“Good … Christophe Galtier, there will be no more football possible on a devastated planet, wrote the future boss of the League for the Protection of Birds. Kylian Mbappé, you are an idol for so many young people, the cause climatic and ecological would be a great commitment for you. We talk about it when you want”.