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2024 Olympic Games: suspension of work on the media village in Seine-Saint-Denis

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The administrative justice suspended Tuesday, April 6 in summary the work of the media village of the Paris-2024 Olympic Games, planned to accommodate up to 2,000 journalists and technicians on part of a park in Seine-Saint-Denis. The Paris administrative court of appeal suspended part of the environmental authorization issued in November 2020 by the prefect of Seine-Saint-Denis. “The Olympic Works Delivery Company is ordered to instruct its co-contractors so that they cease all work”, she said in her prescription.

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Planned in the Georges-Valbon departmental park in the area of ​​the Aire des Vents, in Dugny, the media village – initially called “Media cluster” – must accommodate up to 2,000 journalists and technicians during the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The buildings must then be converted into 1,300 housing units, 20% of which are social housing, as part of a ” eco-neighborhood “.

“Definitive artificialisation” of a 400 ha park

Two associations, the local branch of the National Movement for the Fight for the Environment (MNLE 93) and the Collectif pour le triangle de Gonesse, lodged a new appeal against this project in February. Denouncing a “Definitive artificialization” of this 400-hectare park, these organizations, accompanied in their approach by 36 people, residents and users of the park, had doubled this procedure of a summary suspension, which a summary judge approved Tuesday, April 6.

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The latter considered that the prefectural decree referred to, in the exemption that it grants to the prohibition against attacking protected species, does not meet the provisions of the environmental code as it stands.

“The Olympics have never been a problem for us”, reacted Jean-Marie Baty, president of MNLE 93, but “This is a process that goes through the Olympic Games to promote real estate”. “We must continue to fight against this desire to artificialize the smallest green space in our department”, he continued.

The company considered “to be able to absorb the vagaries”

The court has yet to rule on the appeal itself, a process that requires more time. And which will seriously complicate the planned work. The Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Olympic Works Delivery Company (Solideo) must each pay the applicants € 750. During a Senate hearing last week, Solideo director general Nicolas Ferrand said they had ” time “ and “Could absorb hazards”.

In total, the Solideo, which has a public money budget of nearly 1.4 billion euros (out of approximately 3.2 billion), supervises 62 structures.

The poorest department in mainland France, Seine-Saint-Denis will receive several crucial infrastructures for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, with the blessing of local elected officials but the opposition of certain residents and associations. The centerpiece of the Olympic Games infrastructure, an Olympic village of 300,000 square meters will be created in Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen and Ile-Saint-Denis. Dozens of cranes and thousands of workers must land in 2021. Everything must be completed by December 2023.

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