FOOTBALL: A CONTINUATION OF POLITICS?

Alik Jebejian

Business Representative

  Jacques Chirac, the former president of France who was elected twice in a row and is known as the country’s most prominent senior political figure, turns 84 today. Chirac served as the president of France from 1995 to 2007. Chirac did not only serve his country on a political level, but was also an enthusiastic supporter of the French football team.

It is difficult to pass unseen when the president of your country stands in the crowd, waving and supporting its national football team, and wearing the team’s colors.

  Many ignore his active participation in football, especially during the 1998 World Cup, where he attributed the French team’s victory as a “France that wins and is, for once, united in victory.”

  The same passion was seen when France won the UEFA European championship final against Italy back in 2000. He showed how crucial it is for politicians to be in support of their country during important sporting events.

  Chirac was not a mere bystander supporting his country’s team from a far bench. Actually, during the Coupe de France in 2001-2002, Chirac personally shook one of the winning team’s player’s hands, Rémi Gaillard (FC Lorient), congratulating him on his exceptional performance during the match.

  Happy birthday to one of the biggest fans of “ Les Bleus!”

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