Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has performed a very French sounding act of altruism after coming to the rescue of a countryside accordion factory that had been under the threat of closure.
The accordion factory, the oldest in France, was founded in 1919 but, reports The Guardian, went into receivership last December and its future has been in doubt ever since. Koscielny, however, has saved them from the brink.
As part of an investment group, the Arsenal centre-back has been able to raise €600,000 to keep the factory running an ensure 20 people stay in the jobs. The number of staff represents a sizeable decline in the 300 they had in 1939.
Koscielny, who signed for Arsenal from Lorient in the summer transfer window of 2010, grew up in the town the factory calls home, Tulle in the Correze, and he had been contacted by the mayor to offer his help.
The France international, an £8.5 million acquisition for the Gunners and now one of the best players in his position in the Premier League, was only to happy to oblige, and the factory lives again.