The French confirmed their confidence in Emmanuel Macron for a second term on Sunday, April 24. Over the next five years, France will be at the center of international sporting events, including hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024 and the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
Never before has the President of France covered so many sporting events of this magnitude. Behind the prestige and impact of such meetings, President Macron should not forget major national issues, such as the thorny issue of violence in football stadiums or the better integration of women in all branches of French sports. Overview of projects under implementation and to be implemented.
Paris 2024 and France 2023: the goal is to shine at home
Emmanuel Macron has set as his goal the success of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. In September 2021, while receiving the French medalists who returned from Tokyo, the President of the Republic admitted that the results were not “exactly what we expected”. With 33 medals, nine less than in Rio four years earlier, the French team is positioning itself below its usual standards.
“We have much more to do, because these are our Games, they are waiting for us at home”, said Emmanuel Macron, setting himself the goal of integrating the top five in the world at the end of the Olympics. For this, he promised that the state would support French athletes, insisting on the current philosophy “focus our efforts on disciplines with high potential” medals.
The task of the National Sports Agency (ANS) is to provide the necessary support – financial, structural, organizational – to sports federations to win medals in Paris. In particular, since September 2021, France has launched a large-scale operation to recruit foreign coaches, which made it possible to find skills outside of our borders when the needs of the federations required it. The requirement is the same for 2023 as France will host the Men’s Rugby World Cup, a year and a half after XV France won its first Grand Slam in twelve years. The first opportunity to prove myself before the Games.
Make France the world’s esports arena
President Macron has repeatedly demonstrated his attachment to the digital sector and innovation in a broad sense. As a candidate, Emmanuel Macron has focused on esports in recent days. “We are one of the great nations of video games, recognized worldwide for the richness of our creations, the quality of our teaching and the dynamism of our industry” — he estimated in an interview published on April 24 with our colleagues from The Big Whale, a site specializing in news of new web technologies.
According to the head of state, France should take advantage of the Paris games to position itself in eSports. “another area of French excellence”. “We should take advantage of this to bridge the two worlds by hosting the biggest sporting events in the world this year: a major CS:GO tournament, Worlds of League of Legends and The International of Dota 2. . (i.e. the three biggest competitions in the discipline). If the French believe me, we will work on it as soon as I am elected. This is also the influence of France. he assured in the same interview.
Urgent need to pacify the stands
This season, violence in football stadiums has become a frequent occurrence. So much so that the issue was raised to the highest level of the state. After the first consultation meeting on November 23, 2021, the Ministry of the Interior determined three weeks later, on December 16, a series of measures aimed at trying to stop this violence: the final and systematic termination of the match in the event or a player injured by a projectile, a maximum period of 30 minutes to decide the fate of the match, and a ban on plastic bottles in stadiums from 1 July 2022.
Will these measures be enough to stop the hemorrhage? Marked by a dozen different incidents, the 2021-2022 Ligue 1 season has once again experienced excesses this month with an attempt the intrusion of spectators on 10 April on the site in Brest opposite Nantes, amid tensions between ultras. Or on April 23, with a half-hour break in the Saint-Etienne-Monaco match due to smoke bombs and fireworks, normally banned in the stadium, used by the ultras to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Green Angels.
Sports France through sports at school
Emmanuel Macron has already tried this measure during his first five-year term. He decided to make it one of his proposals for a second term. From the beginning of the 2022 academic year, the Head of State wishes to extend throughout the entire territory a measure of thirty minutes of sports per day at school for children aged 6 to 12, supplementing the hours of physical culture and sports (FSiP). ), is already included in the law on the democratization of sports, adopted on February 24, 2022.
This time of daily physical activity is the first step in the fight against a sedentary lifestyle that is very common among young French people. According to an ANSES review published in November 2020, 66% of young people aged 11 to 17 surveyed “pose an alarming health risk”. On the ground, the measure is not unanimous due to difficult school schedules to stretch and unequal sports facilities on the territory.
The place of women in sports: after realizing the action
After former figure skater Sarah Abitbol’s revelations in January 2020 of sexual harassment she was subjected to between 15 and 17 years old, the female voice was released to the sports world. The impact has been so strong that in 2020 the Ministry of Sports established the National Convention for the Prevention of Violence in Sports. This Convention, which became an annual event, made it possible to report cases of sexual assault in sports at the state level, as well as to identify and punish the perpetrators of these acts.
More generally, the place of women in sports at all levels (athletes, executives, leaders) has been reaffirmed, especially with regard to parity in leadership positions in sports federations. This parity, enshrined in the law on the democratization of sports in France, adopted in February 2022, will enter into force in 2024 at the national level, in 2028 at the regional level. But once the changes are known and announced, President Macron’s second five-year term will be judged by action.