French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates one of his country’s goals in Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia in Moscow.
The 4-2 defeat of Croatia by a young French team starring 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe was celebrated by 40-year-old Macron in person, who jumped and pumped his fists with each goal.
For a president who has travelled the globe for a year telling audiences that “France is back” under his leadership, the country’s World Cup victory couldn’t come at a better time as he confronts growing challenges on multiple fronts.
Beyond the sporting triumph, it will also be cheered in the presidential palace for reinforcing a narrative Macron has promoted abroad since his election: of a young, dynamic France with a more prominent global role.
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Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday said the outcome of the Ekiti election won by Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a referendum on the performance of the President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the Minister said the election which was more than one state’s governorship election was not just a defeat for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but all naysayers and purveyors of fake news.