French President Emmanuel Macron will go to the Football World Cup in Qatar if the Blues reach the final or the semi-finals, the Elysee said on Monday, November 14, six days before the opening of the tournament. The Head of State told them “said, wrote them a message” : he will go there if they reach the semi-finals and a fortiori in the final, said the French presidency.
The first-ever FIFA World Cup in the Arab world kicks off on Sunday, and will run until December 18. The semi-finals are scheduled for December 13 and 14. Four years ago, during the coronation of the Blues during the World Cup organized in Russia, Emmanuel Macron was present at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on the day of the final.
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French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra had indicated Thursday on Franceinfo that she would go to Qatar if the Blues reach the quarter-finals, judging “It is important that we rebalance and that we talk more about the athlete”.
“I hope to go to Qatar, I will go if the team advances […], I still allow myself a little flexibility, but yes if we are at the quarter-final level at some point, it is an important milestone, and the role of a Minister of Sports is to be at the sides of the team. »Say Uncle Obs… Why are dictators so keen on organizing sports competitions?
The World of all controversies
Never has a World Cup aroused so much criticism, on the environment or human rights, as this 2022 edition.
The small Gulf gas emirate has had to face a lot of criticism since Fifa, to everyone’s surprise, preferred it to the United States in December 2010, starting with the condition of migrant workers on construction sites and the environmental impact. air-conditioned stadiums.
The treatment of LGBTQ+ people is another concern in a conservative country where homosexuality and sex outside marriage are criminalized, even though authorities have assured that they will be welcomed without discrimination.
The captains of eight selections, such as England, France and Germany, have announced that they will wear an armband with colored stripes against discrimination.