Kylian Mbappé, Christophe Galtier and sand yachts: condescension, miscommunications… and awareness?

The answer had worked perfectly. Monday, after being questioned very precisely about the modes of transport used by Paris Saint-Germain, we expected Christophe Galtier to do Christophe Galtier. “I thought we were going to have this questionfirst launched the technician. To be very honest with you, this morning we spoke with the company that organizes our trips. We’re trying to see if we can’t move in…“. The rest, you know it, since the subject has gone far beyond the simple sports framework.

To tell the truth, we quickly understood that the fall would be disappointing. Just before formulating a joke that he had probably prepared beforehand, the coach of the capital club had adopted a somewhat condescending attitude which already hinted at what was to come: amused looks at Kylian Mbappé, whom he was about to entertain, using the translation headset – as if the question wasn’t clear – and fingers to his nose to hold back a giggle.

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For the first time since joining the capital club, Galtier has therefore made a big communication error, according to – at least – the reaction of his club. It had to happen, since to err is human. But maybe it should have been for another topic.

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Nobody expected the champion of France, moreover one of the richest and most powerful clubs in the world, to make it heard on Monday and through the voice of his coach that he is preparing to revolutionize his displacements. It is probably still unimaginable, for the company but also for its employees, some of whom, like Lionel Messi, have participated in emitting in three months the greenhouse gases emitted by a Frenchman in 150 years.

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But at a time when energy prices are soaring, when global warming is accelerating, and when new tensions are looming with the arrival of autumn, it might have been appropriate to simply not laugh at a factual and serious question.

Including for Kylian Mbappé, visibly more attached to his image a few months ago, when he decided to boycott certain sponsors of the France team because he had judged “important to be in harmony with the advertisements in which it participates“, according to his lawyer Delphine Verheyden. “They [Les joueurs, NDLR] have, for their young audience, a role model“, she added in an interview with L’Équipe. At 23, Mbappé has an extraordinary power of influence and could – should? – have seized the opportunity to embody a fight that touches his generation very closely. .

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Good news for the French striker: the duty of exemplarity can never be improved on ecological issues since, by definition, no one can boast of being exemplary on this subject. Unfortunately, the time is still not for action, but still for awareness. Let’s bet that Christophe Galtier’s joke and his exchange of smiles with Kylian Mbappé can at least speed up the process.

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