Former Senegalese international striker has revealed that France president Emmanuel Macron was the force behind his decision to immerse into the volatile French municipal politics.
In an interview with a French newspaper, La Provence, Niang said that dinner date with Macron was the turning point and informed his decision to actively engage in Marseille municipal politics.
On February 6, we reported that Niang had joined LREM's Yvon Berland team as he campaigns to succeed Jean-Claude Gaudin as the mayor of the city of Marseille. Niang will be contesting for a seat at the city's local assembly.
LREM, or La Republique en Marche, is President Marcon's party and one of the most popular French political parties.
"If two months ago, I had been told that I was going to be in this position, I would not have believed it because I am not at all a politician," Niang said.
He revealed that dinner date with Macronchanged his mind about local politics.
"Everything started with a dinner at the Le Peron restaurant with Mr President (Emmanuel Macron)," says the former Olympique Marseille striker.
"Of course I was wondering at the start what I was doing there. Then, during dinner, I found the discussions very interesting, the President put me at ease and asked me for my opinion, not on politics but Marseille youth, sport and city life. I gave him my feelings, and I saw that I was facing someone listening, who let me be myself. I enjoyed it,” he revealed.
It will be interesting to see how the former Senegal footballer will convince the Marseille residents to vote for him and his party's preferred candidate in the March local elections.
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