(Reuters) – France’s national football team has expressed its gratitude for braving life-threatening health workers to treat people infected with the new coronavirus, posting a video to applaud their efforts on the front lines.
More than 1.25 million people worldwide were infected with the coronavirus and 68,484 died. France is one of the most affected countries in the world with more than 82,000 cases and 8,078 deaths.
With the players of the world champions locked out in their respective homes, the French Football Federation (FFF) produced a compilation of individual video messages from players and coaches to thank the nursing staff of various hospitals in France.
“Normally, you are the ones who are behind us to encourage us,” said World Cup winning coach Didier Deschamps, followed by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris: “You are the ones who chant, who applaud during our matches. “
Others like Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Raphael Varane also join us.
“Today you are the one playing the game. So we are all behind you, we sing and applaud for you. You will win this match against the virus. We trust you. “
“You are going to take home the victory against this virus. You protect us, you care about us. So to help you, we stay at home. “
On March 17, France ordered residents to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus, as a daily wave of infections threatened the healthcare system.
Most of Europe’s top leagues and UEFA club competitions in Europe remain suspended.
(Report by Rohith Nair to Bengaluru, edited by Pritha Sarkar)