In an interview with British magazine Esquire before the Euro, PSG and Blues striker Kylian Mbappé talks about his relationship with France, he the child of the suburbs.
He is today a national icon, a star player of the France team, a world champion who, as such, received the Legion of Honor in 2019 from the hands of President Emmanuel Macron. But before that, before fame and recognition, Kylian Mbappé was a child of the suburbs, a black child of Algerian origin on his mother’s side, Cameroonian on his father’s side, and a child who has always loved France, assures the person in an interview with the British magazine Esquire.
“I have always felt French, explains the striker of PSG and the Blues. I do not give up my origins, because they are part of who I am, but I have lived all my life in France, and in at no time was I made to feel that I was not at home here. (In the suburbs) we have love for France, because France has given us and we are trying to give it back. “
Police violence? “It took a while before I started talking about it, because I wasn’t ready”
Sensitive to the world around him, but generally quite cautious in his “extra-sporting” communication, Kylian Mbappé had nonetheless expressed himself on the thorny subject of police violence last year, after the beating of the producer Michel Zecler.
He is now coming back to this position. “It took a long time to start talking about it, because I wasn’t ready. I had a lot to digest: my change of status, my new life. But I was always opposed to all of them. forms of violence “, he says, without dwelling too much.