Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe and coach Christophe Galtier are facing criticism after laughing off complaints about their use of a private jet:
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PSG head coach Christophe Galtier and Kylian Mbappe were asked why the team took a private jet for a short trip to a game in Nantes last weekend.<br><br>Mbappe burst out laughing. Galtier joked they would look into travelling by sand yachts. <a href="https://t.co/OT3SnxiSR3">pic.twitter.com/OT3SnxiSR3</a>
PSG took a private jet for Saturday's road match against Nantes, a trip that would have taken about two hours by train.
"This morning we talked about it with the company which organizes our trips and we're looking into traveling on sand yachts," Galtier said with a laugh after being asked about the decision.
Mbappe chose not to comment.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo responded to the video of the press conference:
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Non mais ça va pas de répondre des trucs pareil ???? On se réveille les gars ??? Ici c’est Paris <a href="https://twitter.com/PSG_inside?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PSG_inside</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/PierreRabadan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PierreRabadan</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/egregoire?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@egregoire</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/David_Belliard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@David_Belliard</a> <a href="https://t.co/wnZi7vMJyA">https://t.co/wnZi7vMJyA</a>
Others have also taken issue with the reaction, which appeared to be minimizing the effects of climate change.
"I love Mbappe—we can all have the giggles at the least opportune moment, and it really was the least opportune moment," French finance minister Bruno Le Maire told BFM TV. "But we all have to take climate change seriously."
Paris Saint-Germain are one of the largest clubs in Europe with a valuation of $3.2 billion, per Forbes, while Mbappe recently signed a three-year deal worth a reported $250 million amid interest from Real Madrid.