‘Very sad’ Macron congratulates Argentina for World Cup win

Dec 18, 2022, 12:31 AM | Updated: 2:38 pm
El presidente de Francia, Emmanuel Macron, ingresa en la cancha tras la derrota de la selección de...

El presidente de Francia, Emmanuel Macron, ingresa en la cancha tras la derrota de la selección de su país ante Argentina en la final de la Copa del Mundo, el domingo 18 de diciembre de 2022, en Lusail, Qatar (AP Foto/Petr David Josek)

(AP Foto/Petr David Josek)

              Argentina's Lionel Messi shakes hands with France's President Emmanuel Macron during the awarding ceremony at the end of World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Argentina won 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the match ended tied 3-3. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
            
              French President Emmanuel Macron hugs France's Kylian Mbappe who was awarded the Golden Boot after the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
            
              El presidente de Francia, Emmanuel Macron, ingresa en la cancha tras la derrota de la selección de su país ante Argentina en la final de la Copa del Mundo, el domingo 18 de diciembre de 2022, en Lusail, Qatar (AP Foto/Petr David Josek)
            
              France's Kylian Mbappe is consoled by French President Emmanuel Macron after the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec.18, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Dejected but still proud of France’s World Cup team, French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Argentina and Argentines for their win in Sunday’s final.

“We are first of all very sad, very disappointed,” Macron told reporters in Qatar.

He sought to console Kylian Mbappe and other France players in the locker room, and said he told them that “they made us all immensely proud, and made us all tremble with excitement.”

He praised Mbappe’s “extraordinary” performance and stressed that he is only 24 and has already had the rare experience of playing in two World Cup finals.

“Bravo to Argentina, to the Argentine players and their people,” Macron said after recounting his emotions while watching the game.

Macron said the French players are expected to return to France on Monday and parade down the Champs-Elysees in Paris despite the loss. Macron will be visiting French troops stationed abroad for the holidays.

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