Koscielny dips into his pockets to his bit for music.
In a bizarre but touching moment Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has donated £495,000 to save an accordion factory, reports the Guardian.
The 28-year-old has helped save the oldest accordion factory – Maugein – in France, in Tulle in the Correze – the home town of the Gunners star.
Maugein was founded in 1919 but was threatened with closure and the loss of 20 jobs before an investment group including Koscielny saved the day.
Although the Frenchman has lived in London for the past three-and-a-half years the centre-back was contacted by the town’s mayor Bernard Combes to be told of the plight.
Maugein has been in receivership since December 2013 as it struggles to compete with accordions imported from Eastern Europe and China.
Combes says the factory is a symbol of the region’s heritage and identity and Koscielny has dug into his deep pockets – with an annual income from the north London club of around £2.6m – and done his bit for the area.
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