Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urges France not to vote for Marine Le Pen

Zidane is a symbol of French multiculturalism

Zidane played for Juventus and Real Madrid and now coaches the Spanish club

Friday, April 28, 2017

French football legend Zinedine Zidane has urged his compatriots not to vote for Marine Le Pen in the second round of the country's presidential elections.

Zidane, the coach of Spanish giants Real Madrid, was quoted by Reuters as saying he is "very far from the ideas of Front National [Le Pen's party] and I would like to avoid all this."

The 44-year-old won the World Cup with France in 1998 and played for Juventus as well as Real Madrid during a glittering playing career, regularly voted among the world's best players.

Nearly 20 years on from his World Cup triumph, Zidane, who comes from a family of immigrants, remains an icon in France and a symbol of the country's multi-culturalism.

He used his national platform to issue a similar message against political extremism in 2002.

Le Pen has progressed to the final round of France's presidential elections, and will face-off against the centrist Emmanuel Macron.