France captain Mbappé urges young people to vote, warns against ‘extremes’ ahead of snap polls

France superstar and captain Kylian Mbappe on Sunday declared himself "against extremes and divisive ideas" when asked about crucial upcoming legislative elections in the country.

Mbappé did not explicitly speak out against or in favour of any party ahead of the elections, the first round of which will take place on June 30 with the second round on July 7.

However, the striker defended comments made on Saturday by his teammate Marcus Thuram, saying he "had not gone too far" in calling on the country "to fight every day to stop" the far-right National Rally (RN) winning the elections.

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"I think this a crucial moment in the history of our country, an unprecedented situation," Mbappé, 25, said at a press conference in Duesseldorf, where France play Austria in their opening Euro 2024 game on Monday.

"The Euros is very important in our careers, but we are citizens first and foremost and I don't think we can be disconnected from the world around us," added the icon of French football, who has just signed for Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappé said he wanted to convince young people that their votes could make a difference.

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