The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi made a big statement as he spoke about the popularity of French forward Kylian Mbappe in India. Modi is in France on a two-day visit after being invited as a Guest of Honour by French President Emmanuel Macron for the Bastille Day celebrations on July 14.
Hence while addressing the Indian community at La Seine Musicale in Paris on Thursday, Narendra Modi talked about the growing popularity of football across the length and breadth of India. He then emphasised how the Paris Saint Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is a huge name among the youth of India.
Modi also stated that more people in India know of the 2018 World Cup winner than those in France. As quoted by ANI, PM Modi said, "French football player Kylian Mbappe is superhit among the youth in India. Mbappe is probably known to more people in India than in France."
Further in his address, Narendra Modi reflected on his admiration of France and reflected on the establishment of Alliance Française in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, around 40 years ago. Speaking on the matter, Modi proudly stated that he was the first member of the cultural centre in India as the French government presented him with a photocopy of his original identity card
"The national anthem of France says Let's March, Let's March and in our country also the mantra which has been inspiring us since Vedic times is Charaiveti, Charaiveti. We are going to see the same sentiment in the National Day Parade tomorrow as well," PM Modi further added.