The Daily Telegraph

PSG stars face backlash after mocking call to ditch jet travel

- By Henry Samuel in Paris

FRANCE’S top football club, Paris Saintgerma­in (PSG), faced accusation­s of being out of touch yesterday after Kylian Mbappe, its star striker, and coach Christophe Galtier mocked suggestion­s that they take the train rather than private jets to away games.

After a summer of heatwaves linked to global warming, Alain Krakovitch, head of the national rail company SNCF, suggested the PSG players move with the times. He tweeted: “I renew our proposal for a TGV offer suited to your specific needs in line with our common interests – safety, speed, services and eco-mobility.”

But Galtier heaped ridicule on the idea during a club news conference. “We had a chat with travel organisers earlier to see if we can travel by sandyacht,” he quipped, referring to the sailpowere­d carts popular on certain French beaches.

Mbappe laughed uncontroll­ably. France’s government is calling on its citizens to cut energy use by 10 per cent.

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