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Emmanuel Macron in Qatar for the France-Morocco semi-final

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Emmanuel Macron will travel to Qatar on Wednesday for the semi-final of the World Cup which will oppose France to Morocco, confirmed the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra this Sunday, December 11 on Franceinfo.

“I will return with the president on Wednesday, the details of the trip remain to be settled, he had made this commitment and he will keep it, he will keep it with happiness”said Amélie Oudéa-Castéra who attended the victory of the Blues against the English (2-1) in the quarter-finals on Saturday evening.

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“He was online with the team [de France] yesterday [samedi]attentive to every second, he will be an asset for us in this next stage »she continued.

Even before the start of the World Cup, the French president had announced his presence for the semi-final or the final in the event of the qualification of the Blues, a commitment which is controversial because of criticism of the living conditions of migrant workers, the impact on the environment of air-conditioned stadiums and the place of women and minorities in Qatar. Subsequently, Emmanuel Macron had called not to “politicize sport”.

“Congratulations to the Blues! The whole country is behind you: we will go to the end together. To the Moroccans: we salute your historic victory. See you in the semi-finals! »greeted the head of state on Twitter on Saturday evening.

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra in a sweater with rainbow sleeves on Saturday

In the stands, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra wore a royal blue polo shirt with rainbow sleeves to follow the France-England match, a gesture of support for the rights of LGBT + people.

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Homosexuality, like sex outside marriage, is criminalized in Qatar, which has earned strong criticism from the Qatari authorities and the International Football Federation (Fifa).

“It was important to express my commitment to human rights as a whole, especially LGBT rights, but human rights as a whole and to do so without being aggressive towards Qatar, which is our partner”she said on Franceinfo, describing a gesture made “neither unwittingly nor on the sly, but in a clear and peaceful way”.

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