Former US President Barack Obama paid tribute to France’s football team. It was on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Barack Obama said in Johannesburg, his “vision” of a multicultural society by taking the example of the French football team, world champion.
During a vibrant speech about humanity, he used the example of the Blues to be understood. “We see each other, we share common hopes and dreams. It is a truth that is incompatible with any form of discrimination based on race, religion or sex, “ Barack Obama began to lay down the very principle of racism. “It’s a truth that works in a very practical way because it allows a society to benefit from the energy and qualities of all those people. Look at the French team that has just won the World Cup, “ he said. All these guys do not look, in my opinion, to Gauls, “ he continued, smiling. “But they are French, they are French! “he insisted.
The 15,000 people at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg praised the former President of the United States for their political speeches at length. It must be said that among the 23 Blues present at the World Cup in Russia, 14 of them are of African origin (Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Angola, Algeria, Morocco …), two are even born there (Samuel Umtiti in Yaoundé, Steve Mandanda in Kinshasa).
” What was true at the time still is today. (…) We see each other, we share hopes and common dreams. It is a truth that is incompatible with any form of discrimination based on race, religion or sex, “continued Barack Obama.
After spending twenty-seven years in jail, Nelson Mandela was elected to the presidency in 1994, a position he held until 1999. Barack Obama held the top position in the United States from 2009 to 2017. Tuesday last, he did not fail to greet the memory of ” a true giant of history “. ” The light of” Madiba “(Nelson Mandela’s nickname) always shines brightly, ” he said, defending Mandela’s “vision”.
Before Barack Obama, the French National Assembly had made a standing ovation to the French team for their coronation of world champion.