Friday 18 August 2017

Do anything to stop Le Pen, urges Zidane

Zinedine Zidane took a similar stance when Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round of the 2002 presidential election
Zinedine Zidane took a similar stance when Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round of the 2002 presidential election

French football hero Zinedine Zidane has said voters should do anything they can to stop Marine Le Pen winning the presidency.

Referring to Ms Le Pen's far-right party, the Real Madrid coach says he is "far from all these ideas, from this National Front. So we need to do everything to avoid this".

Zidane, who was born in Marseille and comes from Algerian descent, took a similar stance when Jean-Marie Le Pen - Ms Le Pen's father - made it to the second round of the 2002 presidential election.

A former World Cup and European Championship winner, Zidane remains highly popular in France. He said the message "is the same, the one from 2002".

Ms Le Pen faces centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential run-off on May 7.

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