French football players encourage healthcare professionals to fight coronavirus

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(Reuters) – The French national football team has expressed its gratitude for braving health workers risking their lives 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) compiled the individual video messages of the players and coaches to thank the nursing staff of various hospitals in France.

“Normally, you stand 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 games. “

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 will win against this virus. You protect us, you care about us. 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.

Rohith Nair’s report to Bengaluru, edited by Pritha Sarkar

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