Paris - French Franois Hollande will not be taking up an offer
by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's to boost his popularity, the
government's spokesman said Wednesday.
"Football sometimes bestows much ambition but in a
great democracy things are sometimes rather more complicated," Stephane Le
Foll told reporters.
He added that Hollande, who opinon polls show is currently
one of the most unpopular post-war French leaders, would therefore be turning
down the footballer's "offer of service".
Also read: Ibrahimovic hits out at French president
Ibrahimovic, fresh from a trophy-laden spell with Paris
Saint Germain and rumoured to be bound for Manchester United, said Tuesday he
could "help" Hollande.
"I pay my taxes and help this country. I could even
make him popular -- it's just I'm not sure I want to," Ibrahimovic said.
The veteran striker said he earned more than 20 million
euros ($22.7 million) in the first half of 2015 and claimed he paid a tax rate
of 75 percent.
By paying tax at the top rate, the footballer claimed that
"I help this country more than he does because I continue to pay it."
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