Brand Spur Nigeria recall that Macron watched on from inside the Lusail Stadium and was seen consoling Mbappe as Argentina celebrated their World Cup triumph.
Mbappe scored a hat-trick against Argentina to become the first player to do so in a World Cup final since Sir Geoff Hurst.
But the Paris Saint-Germain star still ended up on the losing side as Argentina became three-time world champions in Qatar.
Asked what he told Mbappe, Macron told RMC: “Kylian Mbappe is a great player, but he’s young and I reminded him of that.
“I told him he’s only 24 and he was the World Cup top scorer. He’s won a World Cup before, he’s been to another final.
“I was as sad as him but I told him he had made us all very proud, and in the end, we lost a football match, we came so close. That is how it is in sport.”
He added: ‘We were very far off at the end of the first half. There have been comebacks like that, but it is very rare in the history of football.”