- Three questions
The whole world talk about the impulsive
header of Zidane, what do you think?
I regret this header. To verbal violence
Zidane replied with physical violence. This often happens in
ordinary life at an individual level as well as the level of
a population. Violence responds to violence. I would rather have
seen Zidane talking with the man who insulted his mother and
his sister rather than to fight him.
- Like in 1998, a mixed team of
black, white and North African men have been seen in France as
a dream of unity. Do you think that this feeling will last or
will it just vanish in a few months time like 8 years ago?
The blue team gave us the happy dream
of believing in a successful future The French heartily approved
this mixed team as a possibility to be enriched by the differences
of the others. Tolerance is welcoming and respecting the other.
We only become a person by meeting the others, without exclusion
of any of them.
Having lived this time of excitement will certainly help us to
believe that our future will not be built without our brothers
from the immigration. The future of France and Europe is an intermix
of people, don't you think?
- The football world cup is certainly
the most followed event in the world. Almost two-third of the
humanity assembled for the final! Do you think that it is useful?
Is football the "opium" of the people or can it lead
to a better national even international political conscience?
- The see the human family united
around a single event seems to me prodigious. Thanks to the progress
of technology. I was in Montreal during the final. The ambiance
The great saga of the world cup is not
opium for the people. It is a gathering for a fair, a dream for
opening the future. Some people recovered a national pride.
Above all we learn how to become a citizen of the world with
the conscience of our planet.
I was telling to an African Archbishop coming to Paris: "
I would have liked that an African team won the world cup,"
He answered back without hesitation: " As long as we do
not get the financial support, we cannot win."
Interview by Olivier Galzi