French Prime minister calls on footballers to become ‘conscious’ of climate crisis

According to RMC Sport France’s Prime minister Elizabeth Borne has called on Ligue 1 players to ‘become fully conscious’ of the climate crisis after Christophe Galtier and Kylian Mbappé comments unleashed a storm about Paris Saint-Germain’s use of a private jet to Nantes.

“I think it’s important that they realise what kind of world we’re in, that they become aware that there is a climate crisis that is no longer a hypothesis for tomorrow but is a reality now”

This comes after Sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra met with Paris Saint-Germain officials today for ‘constructive’ talks on its engagements and ambitions for ecological transition. 

In his press conference yesterday afternoon ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League opener against Juventus tomorrow night, manager Christophe Galtier was asked about the squad’s use of a private jet.

The question notably concerned the team’s trip to Nantes over the weekend, whch they travelled to by air despite the city being two hours away by train from the capital. The director of TGV – France’s high-speed trains – criticised this after seeing a video of Marco Verratti in the plane and said that they would be willing to make the necessary arrangements for the team to travel by train.

After initially bursting into laughter alongside Kylian Mbappé, the coach then gave a sarcastic answer:

“I thought I would get that question. To be very honest with you, this morning we spoke with the company that organises our trips, and we’re trying to see if we can travel by sand yacht.”

The reaction has drawn criticism, with sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra notably stating that “M. Galtier, we’re used to more relevant and responsible answers from you – shall we speak about this?”.


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