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Christian Sellier, supervisor: “Since I was little, I have had a passion for the ball”



The Cross the Weekly: What makes you get up in the morning?

Christian Sellier: My daily objective is to carry out the missions for which the company relies on me, with the prospect of meeting familiar faces and being able to chat with them in the corridors. I arrived here at Bayard (the publisher of The Cross The Weekly) at the age of twenty, I knew the old premises in the center of Paris, the move to Montrouge in 2008, the changes of management, I have the feeling of having grown with the company.

I have had wonderful encounters between these walls and, even if I have the possibility of retiring because I have contributed enough, for five years I have refused to do so. In November 2020, my mother left us. Eight months later, my partner joined her… It was a very difficult period to go through. Work allows me to keep a balance, a course.

At work, how is it going?

VS . S.: All days are similar but different. I don’t know if you see what I mean… Of course the work is repeated day after day, especially after forty-seven years, but there are always unexpected things, new things.

As a supervisor, I take care of the distribution of mail, its reception at the delivery dock, the installation of meeting rooms and also the organization of events such as the Salon de Montreuil. (Book and youth press fair, editor’s note) or that of the elderly.

I know almost everyone in the company and I think I can say that almost everyone knows me. It is rewarding. It’s a bit like home here, I’m oiling the wheels! (He smiles.)

Who do you trust?

VS . S.: I trust my colleagues, Stéphane, Moftahou, Nicolas and Éric (he points to them in the courier room). For some, I have known them for twenty years. Having confidence in the people you meet every day is precious. But in general, I believe that we must first place our trust in people in the hope that they will honor it in return.

Of course, you can always be disappointed, but that’s life. Young people on internship or at the start of their career, I have seen tons of them. I am unable to give a figure, but close to a hundred, that’s for sure. I trusted all of them, you have to give people a chance.

Has a scene stood out to you recently? Tell us.

VS . S.: Of course, the invasion of Ukraine shocked me, but I think everyone does. The state of the world is worrying, we reproduce the same errors as at the beginning of the XXe century. The problem is that this bullshit of war, we know when it starts but we don’t know when it stops.

However, I don’t think you need to worry too much. You know, fear does not avoid danger.

Outside of work, what excites you?

VS . S.: From a very young age, I have had a passion for the ball. Especially for football, it speaks to me, it makes me vibrate. When I was a kid in the 1960s, a few matches were shown on television, and one day I came across an AS Saint-Étienne match. It was just before their great European epic: there was Jean-Michel Larqué, Aimé Jacquet, Bernard Bosquier… (He quotes the names of the players one by one, pointing to them on a calendar of the time.) I fell in love with this team.

Then, during my military service, I attended the semi-final of the European Cup which opposed them to the Germans of Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium. An incredible memory. Football is also that, travel and people who meet around the world.

As an enthusiast, what does this 2022 edition in Qatar inspire in you?

VS . S.: This is not the first time that a World Cup has raised questions. In 1978, we went to Argentina when the dictatorship of the generals massacred the people. Qatar is being blamed for the money it pours, but the massive increase in salaries for professional players is not due to the Qataris.

This is the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Bosman ruling in 1995 (named after the Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman, it prohibits, in professional clubs, quotas for athletes from the European Union or countries that have signed cooperation agreements with it, Ed). Football is like that now, it’s a business.

The question of the boycott is no longer relevant. In 2010, Qatar was nominated for good or bad reasons, but now the stadiums are being built. You should have asked the question first. What we can hope for afterwards is that the conditions of workers in Qatar will improve. I think it’s important to watch this World Cup, to make it a party and to let the kids enjoy the magnificent players there at the moment.

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Rachid Bouchareb: “Before Malik Oussekine, our dead had no name”


On the night of December 5 to 6, 1986, while anti-Devaquet demonstrations set the country ablaze, Malik Oussekine was killed in the Latin Quarter by acrobats, Abdel Benyahia in a cafe in Pantin by a tipsy policeman. Thirty-five years later, Rachid Bouchareb returns to these two blunders, one of which was concealed by the police, through a held and dignified fiction punctuated with archive images where we find Reda Kateb, Lyna Khoudri , Samir Guesmi, Raphaël Personnaz… In full cohabitation Mitterrand-Chirac, Robert Pandraud utters horrors on Oussekine, the Mano Negra bellows “Mala Vida”, and France chants the slogan “Never again”.

How long has “Our brothers” been on your mind?

For thirty years. I always wanted to shoot “Indigènes”, then “Hors-la-loi”, which is the sequel to it, and “Nos brothers”, the sequel to “Hors-la-loi”. The three films go hand in hand. Political cinema, I discovered it with Costa-Gavras, Francesco Rosi, Sidney Lumet, Alan Pakula and “the Battle of Algiers” by Gillo Pontecorvo.

In the 1980s, what are you doing?

I have just completed “Bâton rouge”, my first feature film, about young people from the suburbs who dream of America, go there and come back in every sense of the word. I was then the only filmmaker of Algerian origin with Mehdi Charef. Mitterrand’s election lifts the lid. SOS-Racisme was born in 1984. With the singer Rachid Taha, we meet some of the members of the association. The

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Speeding in rainy weather: can we contest?


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RIGHT OF THE USER – After being arrested and fined for speeding in the rain, you dispute the traffic weather conditions. How to try to guard against abusive verbalization?

As a reminder, in the event of rain or other precipitation, the Highway Code provides for lower speeds on certain traffic routes.

The maximum authorized speed thus increases to 110 m/h on the motorway, to 100 km/h on a dual carriageway separated by a central reservation.

However, even under these conditions, the speed remains at 80 km/h on two-way roads without a central separator and also remains unchanged in the city.

However, a speed reduction inevitably modifies the importance of the penalties incurred in terms of license suspension, fine or even loss of points.

The ticketed user must demonstrate by witness or in writing that the weather conditions were not those noted by the ticketing agent. In particular, the user could justify the absence of rain by producing, for example, a rainfall measurement taken before the check by a meteorological station at the place of the offence.

However, to characterize the offence, the courts judge the offense established when the roadway is wet even in the absence of rain at the time of the control.

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Civil service: the Court of Auditors’ avenues for taking advantage of telework


Posted Nov 27, 2022, 10:00 AM

Introduced in theory in 2012 by the so-called Sauvadet law but which actually came into force in 2015, teleworking has long remained marginal in the public service. The Covid epidemic changed the situation and on July 13, 2021, at the end of the crisis, an agreement was signed with the unions of civil servants requiring employers to negotiate or renegotiate their remote working arrangements, which can go up to three days.

The change in scale is obvious, confirms a statistical study on 2021 just published by the Ministry of the Public Service. It figures at 19% the share of civil servants who telework, excluding teachers. Or 3 points less than in the private sector. However, this proportion covers very different situations depending on the public functions, linked to the specificities of the professions exercised with a rate of only 4% in hospitals, 16% in local authorities and 37% within the State.

Reduce office surfaces

The result of a “very proactive acceleration”, this boom “constitutes a strategic and operational challenge for public employers both in material terms and from a managerial point of view”, notes the Court of Auditors in the report that it has just to publish on telework in the public service. It asks public employers to take a “systemic approach” to draw all the consequences in terms of operation where telework has been massified.

She emphasizes “the significant budgetary effort [fourni] to provide their agents with mobile equipment and departments with audio and video conferencing solutions” in particular. Equipment that was sorely lacking at the start of the Covid epidemic, knowing that it still remains to “complete the IT infrastructure.

But she insists on the need to draw the consequences on property charges with a reduction in office space as the private sector has done. The Court of Auditors also warns of the need to “ensure the productivity of telework and the effectiveness of the methods of controlling agents” remotely.

“Expand the range of contact with users”

But she also sees in telework “an opportunity to be seized to improve and renovate the public supply of services to users” and identifies two ways to do so. The first is to use it to “broaden the contact ranges of users with the administration, which responds to a strong demand from the latter”. The second is to “develop a contact offer by videoconference, which would then become a fourth channel of contact with the user”. This would, the Court believes, limit the “effects sometimes denounced of the dematerialization of procedures”.

This would mean a development of teleworking among agents in contact with the public. For the time being, as in the private sector, executives and higher intellectual professions constitute the majority of teleworkers: 44% of them telework throughout the public service (and even 58% in that of the State). not including teachers).

Intermediate professions are half as numerous (22% on average) and workers and employees even further behind since only 7% of them telecommute. And the proportion of teleworking agents is twice as low in sparsely populated municipalities as in the Paris conurbation.

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BeIN Sports to the challenge of a World Cup at home



It is a fiercely guarded fortress in the heart of Doha, where you have to show your credentials several times to armed guards to hope to enter. On the welcome screens, before entering one of the nine television studios and the control rooms spread over ten square kilometres, a slogan sums up the Qatari vision of the Football World Cup: “One world, one home” (one world, one house). Welcome to BeIN Media Group, a Qatari group of international media headed by the boss of PSG Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and parent company of BeIN Series, BeIN Movie, BeIN Gourmet… and therefore of BeIN Sports, where this world of excess is experienced as a real test.

“Our pride is at stake”

“We have experience, this is the third football World Cup that we have covered since our creation. But for this one, expectations are higher, recognizes Jassim al-Muftah, communications director of BeIN Group. Our pride as Qataris is at stake.”

Having become in a few years an epicenter of sports television broadcasting, BeIN broadcasts in around forty countries spread over five continents, and in seven different languages. In France alone, where it was launched in 2012, the paid package holds the exclusivity of 36 of the 64 World Cup matches. Since November 20, around a hundred French journalists and technicians out of the 300 from BeIN France have also joined the Qatari studios to broadcast from Doha. “We know that not everyone can come to Qatar to see the matches, so the pressure from the audience is enormous”adds Jassim al-Muftah, crossing one of the 800 square meter studios, changed from the colors of the Champions League to those of the World Cup in a few days.

A very political world

In Doha, the BeIN empire adjoins the other jewel of the soft-power Qatari, Al-Jazeera. The two groups are intimately linked: BeIN Médias is an offshoot of Al-Jazira Sports, created in 2003 and renamed a few months later. Despite these organic links, Al-Jazeera has little more broadcasting privileges than a traditional channel. Business is business.

Unlike its generalist elder, often accused of being the voice of Qatari power abroad, BeIN Sports wants to be apolitical. What if a player speaks out about human rights on air? “We will see on a case-by-case basis.answers Duncan Walkinshaw, director of programs for the Middle East and North Africa. “But I’ve been here for 12 years and nobody ever told me not to show this or that, assures this former Sky News. We cover football and how sport brings everyone together. »

fear of piracy

In addition to the image challenge, after the multiple criticisms suffered by Fifa and the Supreme World Organizing Committee, the channel which claims to have more than 55 million subscribers worldwide, especially fears piracy and cyberattacks during the competition. In France alone, some 4 million people watch it illegally. “The biggest threat to our industry is data theft and hacking, admits Duncan Walkinshaw. We are pioneers in the fight against attacks of this type, the group has made enormous investments to protect copyright. » The channel remembers the annoying precedent “beoutQ”, the ironic name of the Saudi pirate media which had hacked and broadcast all BeIN programs in clear, between August 2017 and August 2018, and therefore during the Football World Cup in Russia , in the midst of the Gulf crisis between Qatar and its neighbors.

Past the stress of competition – “rather a surge of adrenaline”, corrects Jassim al-Muftah – BeIN is planning for the post-World Cup. The group is eyeing new rights to acquire, which is already the largest buyer on the planet, with a portfolio valued between 10 to 15 billion dollars. After the broadcasting rights for European football championships such as the German Bundesliga until 2025, the Spanish Liga until 2024, the group is positioning itself on the broadcasting of major international competitions, particularly women’s. “We have the largest portfolio of rights in women’s sports leagues and we continue to acquire them,” slips Duncan Walkinshaw. The issue of the image is never far away for a media that hopes ” present Qatar as a model”.

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The Blues first qualified in the round of 16



Always, if possible, maintain good habits. For the third consecutive time, Didier Deschamps can be satisfied with a qualification in the round of 16 of the World Cup after the first two games of the competition. His Blues did the job on Saturday November 26 by beating Denmark (2-1), imitating their elders from 2014 and 2018.

They had been brilliant in 2014 in Brazil, going 3-0 in Honduras, and battering the Swiss 5-2. The adventure ended in the quarter-finals against Germany (1-0). They had provided the essentials in 2018 in Russia, with a laborious 2-1 against Australia and a minimum 1-0 against Peru. And the story ended on top of the world. What continuation can tell the double evolution of the Blues of Qatar, convincing vis-a-vis Australia (4-1), but serene intermittently vis-a-vis the Scandinavians?

Satisfaction in defense and midfield

It is not impossible that the Blues have in any case found a typical team. The newcomers from the start, Raphaël Varane back from injury and Jules Koundé compensating for the defensive flaws of Benjamin Pavard, have removed doubts about the form of one and the placement of the other. Raphaël Varane especially entered the competition perfectly, and it is a comfort as the Blues have so far lost many soldiers let down by their physique.

Throughout the first half, this formation in any case proved to be in place, well in its fragile certainties. Rather dominating, the Blues multiplied the chances, without however ever finding the net. But after 45 minutes, they seemed to dominate their subject, with real satisfaction on the side of Ousmane Dembélé, twirling on his right wing without neglecting his defensive folds, and Antoine Griezmann, in the oven and at the mill like he often knows how to do it, but less prominent lately.

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A very united group

The general feeling of a quiet strength, finally lacked only the validation of the score, stubbornly blocked at 0-0. The downside could also come from Kylian Mbappé, a tone below compared to the overall score. Except that a sleeping Kylian can always wake up. It is characteristic of giant players. The second half will therefore be that of his double, including a spectacular second goal from the thigh on a cross from Antoine Griezmann. Between these two goals, however, the Blues floated a little, at least enough to let the character of the Danes express themselves, the Scandinavians offering themselves the luxury of returning to the score on their first shot – a whim – on target.

This second half, less controlled, somewhat limits the enthusiasm. But if the Blues had a number of questions about the midfielder, deprived of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, the two performances performed by the triplet Antoine Griezmann, Adrien Rabiot and Aurélien Tchouameni, the last two discovering the World Cup for the first times, give rather satisfaction.

The team, above all, displays a beautiful unity and a communicative spirit. Welded, perhaps, by his misfortunes (the defections), and finding this balance sought in vain during the last Euro. It is a curious paradox. The absent are always wrong ? Maybe. This group is strong, solid, and wants to do great things.” commented after the meeting a Didier Deschamps who will be able to afford to rotate his workforce Wednesday, November 30 against Tunisia (at 4 p.m.). From his reactions to the two goals of his star striker, we can probably deduce that he is relieved. He is not the only one.

World Cup 2022: France qualified, Poland wakes up… the matches of Saturday November 26

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Food aid: associations sound the alarm


Posted Nov 22, 2022, 6:29 PMUpdated Nov 22, 2022, 6:49 PM

Although accustomed to crises, food aid associations are worried about an increase in needs against a background of inflation. “Food banks have seen an increase in the number of people using food aid since the beginning of the year,” warns Laurence Champier, the federal director of the French Federation of Food Banks.

The organization, which at the end of this week is carrying out a national collection of donations, saw the number of its beneficiaries increase by 9% in the first half compared to the end of last year. At the end of this year, it estimates that it will have supported “between 10 and 12%” more people than in 2021, the year when it had already supported 2.2 million people.

10 million euros for students

“There is an increase in food prices and energy costs. This puts people in a precarious situation who were perhaps at the limit [NDLR : en termes de budget] “, continues Laurence Champier. “There are more people and people are also coming more. »

His alert echoes that launched in recent days by the association “Les Restos du Coeur”. “We have seen a 12% increase in people registered and welcomed since last April,” said his boss, Patrice Douret in “Le Parisien”. And this one to evoke “a situation that we have never known”.

The associations themselves have to deal with an increase in the cost of their purchases. Faced with this worrying situation, the government announced in early November the creation of a “sustainable food aid fund” of 60 million euros in 2023. On Tuesday, it said it would release an envelope of 10 million euros for student food aid. Aid representing “the equivalent of at least 300,000 food parcels allowing a student to eat for a week”, assures the executive.

“The poorest of the poor”

According to INSEE, between 2 and 4 million people used food aid in 2021. The profiles of the beneficiaries vary according to the type of aid provided. Slightly more than 70% of the people helped turned to the distribution of parcels and 30% to social groceries providing very low prices. Still according to INSEE, 70% of the beneficiaries of social parcels and groceries are women, nearly 40% of whom raise one or more children alone.

Most food aid recipients live in ordinary accommodation (86%) and receive other forms of assistance, including social benefits. The beneficiaries are often “the poorest of the poor”, summarizes INSEE, with a standard of living of 637 euros per month on average, for those living in their homes or with relatives.

The institute also points out that almost half of the people who have recourse to food aid are immigrants.

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World Cup 2022: France qualified, Poland wakes up… the matches of Saturday November 26



► France slips into eighth, Denmark at its worst

In a close match, the Blues of Didier Deschamps managed to win 2 goals to 1 against the rough Danes. Kylian Mbappé concluded a great collective action to give the advantage to France (61st), before Denmark equalized seven minutes later, through Andreas Christensen (68th). Salvation came at the end of the match, by the inevitable Mbappé who scored twice and his third goal in the world (86th).

Thanks to this victory, France qualifies directly for the round of 16, even before the meeting against Tunisia, Wednesday 30. With one point, Denmark is in bad shape and will inevitably have to win against the Australian to hope to see the rest of the competition.

► Australia pulls together

The Socceroos can still dream of a round of 16. After losing to France 4-1, the Australians managed to overcome a moribund Tunisia and now dream of a round of 16.

On a counter, Mitchell Duke victoriously headed a through ball from Craig Goodwin, the man who had scored Australia’s only goal against France. A goal that did not really wake up the Tunisians, certainly present in the physical engagement, but long devoid of inspiration when they recovered the ball. It took until the 38th minute to see the first interesting action of the Carthage Eagles, when their captain Youssef Msakni tried to infiltrate the opposing defense, in vain.

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Tunisia, who came back in the second half with the best intentions, lacked efficiency in front of goal and could not improve their handicap by one goal. Now she is on the verge of elimination from the World Cup after this defeat. It will imperatively have to win against France on Wednesday 30, to hope for a qualification.

► Poland and Lewandowski wake up against Saudi Arabia (2-0)

Robert Lewandowski’s Poland, finally scoring in a World Cup, took a step towards qualification by beating Saudi Arabia 2-0, which failed to repeat its feat against Argentina.

Held in check by the Mexicans at the opening (0-0), the Poles won thanks to Piotr Zielinski (39th) and the first goal of their star Robert Lewandowski (82nd). Mute in four World Cup matches (three in 2018 and one in 2022), the FC Barcelona striker has finally freed himself from a weight.

► Argentina – Mexico

For the last game of the day, Lionel Messi’s Argentina is condemned to victory against the Mexicans. After their big disappointment in their first match against Saudi Arabia, the Albiceleste must collect their first points against Mexico to hope to see the round of 16.

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Facing them, the Mexicans also need points. With a draw obtained against Poland in the first match, they will be keen to eliminate Argentina to hope, too, to reach the next round.

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Security budget: Borne draws a sixth 49-3 against a backdrop of tensions in the Assembly


Posted Nov 26, 2022, 8:20 AM

And six. After the rejection of a motion of censure LFI on Friday, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne drew the constitutional weapon of 49-3 for the sixth time.

“We cannot start the same discussions forever,” argued Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, engaging the government’s responsibility for the expenditure side of the Social Security budget, in a new reading.

Rejection of the motion of censure LFI

Just before, the Assembly had largely rejected a motion of censure LFI on the revenue part. It collected only 85 supporters – rebellious, communists and ecologists – very far from the 289 votes necessary to bring down the government.

But ultimately, the discussions focused less on Social Security and its budget than on the atmosphere of tension that has reigned in the National Assembly for 24 hours. Thursday evening, during the examination of an LFI bill, the names of birds rocketed in the hemicycle, until a “You’re going to close it” launched by the elected Guadeloupean Olivier Serva (Liot) at the Renaissance group.

The oppositions denounce the attitude of the macronists

By suspending sessions and amendments, the presidential camp exasperated the opposition by preventing the vote on an unsubdued text in favor of the reintegration of caregivers not vaccinated against Covid-19. Friday evening, the LFI Caroline Fiat pounded “the inadmissible image of the government yesterday” and Minister Olivier Véran “bragging as usual”. She blamed the Macronists for their “hundreds of ridiculous sub-amendments” to slow down the debates.

LR Yannick Neuder in turn denounced the “chaotic situation last night”, saying he was “dismayed by the behavior of the majority and the government” and his “little game of obstruction”, a “denial of democracy” . And the ecologist Sophie Taillé-Polian castigated the “liquidation of Parliament before closing”.

Elisabeth Borne first played the appeasement by calling not to “switch into role-playing games, even fights”. Then she went to the front against the “delaying maneuvers” of LFI which withdrew several texts to discuss its proposal on caregivers. “You do not appreciate that the majority masters the rules of procedure of your Assembly as well as you do,” she told the opposition.

In the end, throughout the day, the presidential camp and the opposition passed responsibility for the invectives exchanged the day before, and the debate on the Social Security budget was therefore relegated to the background.

The National Assembly had only debated its revenue section for three hours. She had voted on the government’s proposal for an additional envelope of 543 million euros for the hospital in 2022, due to “additional costs linked to Covid”. They are in addition to some 570 million euros for the hospital presented to the Senate at first reading, in particular to “deal with the early epidemic of bronchiolitis”, had specified the Minister of Health François Braun.

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How ski resorts are coping with the energy crisis



Slowing down the speed of chairlifts, training device pilots in eco-driving, increasing the price of ski passes, etc. “These are the choices we had to make to try to offset, in part, the rise in energy prices! »confides Didier Bobillier, president of the Company of ski lifts of the areas of Les Ménuires-Saint-Martin-de-Belleville (Savoie).

After two years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, ski resorts are in turn faced with the new equation: soaring electricity prices, which represent between 3 and 5% of their expenses, mainly for operation. chairlifts, gondolas, drag lifts and the production of artificial snow. The megawatt-hour produced has gone from €50 in 2019 to nearly €550 at the end of 2022.

Increase in reservations

While the ski season is about to be launched – Val Thorens (Savoie) opens the ball on Saturday November 26 – the resorts remain confident: despite inflation, they have recorded a 7% increase in reservations to date compared to last year, and prices stabilized when some had to renew their electricity contracts (the MWh had reached €1,000 in August before falling again).

“The domains are therefore finally guaranteed to be able to open, explains Laurent Reynaud, general delegate of Domaines skiables de France. But the objective of sobriety set by the government and the need to absorb a bill that promises to be particularly high require everyone to put in place an adaptation strategy. »

Chairlifts in slow motion

The majority of resorts have opted to slow down the ski lifts, by training drivers or using new automatic systems. “The objective is to save money without altering the customer’s experience: this corresponds, for example, to an additional minute on a journey of 7 or 8 minutes”, says Didier Bobillier.

A choice to which is added a series of efforts declined by the resorts: work on the cabins of the professionals at the bottom of the slopes, where better insulation can be installed, a set of sensors cutting off the heating when the door is open, de-icing systems to optimize device performance, on-site renewable energy production, etc. “Some of these measures were included in the base of eco-commitments put in place several years ago, recalls Laurent Reynaud, but we must accelerate them to achieve at least a 10% reduction in our consumption. »

Increase in package prices

Other strategies will probably be more noticeable to tourists, in the midst of inflation, such as the increase in the price of ski passes: in the 3 Valleys area, the increase is around 9%, bringing the price of a day of skiing , for a single adult, at €72, Val Thorens offering €63, and Les Ménuires €58. “But it’s much less than imagined and it concerns only a few areas, because the majority voted their tariffs earlier in the year, indexing them only to inflation”would like to remind Jean-Luc Boch, President of the National Association of Mayors of Mountain Resorts and Mayor of La Plagne.

In the Pyrenees, the more fragile areas have opted for a reduction in services: in Puigmal, the ski lifts will remain shut down on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, outside school holidays. The Peyragudes resort is shortening its season: it will close from March 26, 2023, instead of the beginning of April.

“There is still a gap to be filled”

Will the situation be further aggravated by weather conditions? The first snowflakes, which fell in small quantities, have melted due to the return of mild weather, which has forced Val Thorens to postpone its opening and the cold and dry winter that is coming could not be favorable for good snow cover.

However, the production of artificial snow is also a high item of energy expenditure. Resorts prefer to see it as another optimization lever, thanks to snow groomers equipped with GPS or snow depth sensors, as in Les Orres, and the renewal of equipment to reduce air consumption, and therefore energy.

Stations will lose money

Jean-Luc Bloch, who recalls that local authorities also do their share of the work on consumption, estimates that 30% of stations are not really secure: “They will open in satisfactory conditions for tourists, but they will lose money. » And Laurent Reynaud to complete: “We can see more clearly than at the end of the summer and we can already say that the objective of sobriety will be achieved, but there is still a gap to be filled: we are waiting for the government to decide on specific support for struggling ski resorts. »

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The French ski area

France has 320 stationsor sitesalpine and nordic skiing. They are spread over seven mountain ranges: Northern Alps, Southern Alps, Massif Central, Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Corsica.

the turnover in 2021-2022 for the top 100 French ski resorts amounted to 1.6 billion euros, according to the magazine’s annual survey Mountain Leaders.

9% of the French population goes downhill skiing, snowboarding or ski touring every winter. The French Ski Federation has 106,000 members.

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