The French Rugby Federation chose Alexandre Martinez as its interim president on Friday, one week after Bernard Laporte resigned.
The 70-year-old Martinez is a former treasurer at the federation, AP reports.
“I thank all the members of the (federation) executive committee for their trust. As interim president I will seek inspiration from my past as a No. 10 (flyhalf), where the notion of being open is essential,” Martinez said.
“I will deal with the current affairs with a clear objective: to reduce the division and fracture currently affecting French rugby. It’s time to come together, to unite and to support our France XV with pride.”
A Paris court in December found Laporte guilty of passive corruption, influence peddling, illegal interest taking and misuse of corporate assets.
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