13.06.2024 18:11 h

'Alarm bells ringing': Dembele calls on France stars to vote in key elections

France star Ousmane Dembele admitted on Thursday the political situation in the country had "set alarm bells ringing" and said he and his teammates intended to vote in upcoming legislative elections even if they are still involved at Euro 2024 in Germany.

"We need to mobilise to get out and vote," Dembele told reporters at the French team's training base in western Germany where they are preparing for their opening European Championship game against Austria on Monday.

"I think the situation in France has set alarm bells ringing. Everyone needs to rally round and come together to vote."

President Emmanuel Macron has called elections for the lower house National Assembly with the first round set for June 30 and the second round on July 7.

He announced the snap poll last Sunday in response to the results of the EU elections, in which far-right parties -- including the top-scoring National Rally (RN) -- managed to take almost 40 percent of the vote in France.

"I was watching the news not long ago and I saw that one in every two people in France doesn't vote, so everyone needs to vote in the legislative elections," added Dembele, the former Barcelona winger now playing back in France for Paris Saint-Germain.

The French squad will still be in Germany at the time of the election, provided they make it beyond the group stage.

The first round of the election is set to take place the same weekend as the last 16 of Euro 2024, while the second round comes just after the quarter-finals.

However, Dembele said the French Football Federation was planning to help players set up a proxy vote if they remained in Germany at the time.