Paris 2024 Olympics: a summit on budget and security organized at the Élysée

The budget and security are on the menu of the “site meeting” organized Monday, July 25 by Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace in view of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. At two years almost to the day of the deadline (July 26 -August 11, 2024), a dozen ministers will work around the Head of State, including Bruno Le Maire (economy), Gérald Darmanin (interior), Sébastien Lecornu (defense), Pap Ndiaye (national education) or the Minister of sports and the Olympic Games Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.

But for the moment nothing has filtered out of what could come out of such an interministerial meeting. The goal “will be for the ministers to take stock, and possibly mark the points of fragility”assures the Elysée.

“Very stretched on the budget”

The budget issue is one of the worrying elements. A report by the audit committee of the organizers of the Olympic Games (Cojo) recently mentioned the risk of inflation, “unimaginable a few months ago” had regretted the boss of the Cojo, Tony Estanguet, and to which the Olympics do not escape, under the effect in particular of the war in Ukraine.

According to a source familiar with the matter who confided in AFP, “they are very stretched in terms of budget” to keep their envelope of 4 billion euros (ticketing, sponsors and contribution of the IOC), a budget which benefits from the guarantee of the State.

The Cojo is already in negotiations with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to try to get out of certain constraints of the specifications which are costing it dearly. “Without that, they will not succeed”decrypts a former elected official with knowledge of the file.

Recruitment in tension

Other issues are expected to be addressed on Monday such as Games-related employment. Recruitment, in a context of labor shortage, is a factor of concern, especially in sectors already under strain – construction, drivers for the transport of goods or people, hotels and restaurants… Paris 2024 claims 150,000 jobs mobilized by the event.

The subject of transport is also a subject in its own right, as is the question of safety, which will be on everyone’s mind. Chance of the calendar, this meeting falls five days after the disclosure by the weekly The chained Duck a provisional report from the Court of Auditors, devoted to the security of the Olympics.

The sages of rue Cambon identify several areas of concern shared by security sources, ranging from the securing of the opening ceremony with its unprecedented staging on the Seine, to the lack of private security agents, or the risks of terrorism and cyberattacks. For the Court of Auditors, the copy is still to be reviewed, considering in particular that a “more precise definition of security needs is becoming urgent”.

Get the French to join

And ever since the incidents in the Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28, doubts have arisen over France’s ability to secure such an event.

Another stage point is planned with the elected officials ” in September “, with the town hall of Paris, the Île-de-France region, the elected officials of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, bordering the capital, or the French Olympic Committee (Cnosf). It will again be a question of working on these issues, but also of bearing the concern for the legacy that the event must leave, or even the avenues to make the French adhere to these Olympic Games.



Paris 2024 Olympics: the Élysée optimistic about the security and the budget of the next Games

A “site” meeting was organized at the Élysée Palace on Monday July 25, to discuss the organization of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. About ten ministers were present around the table, as well as Tony Estanguet (president of the committee organization of Games), the prefect of police and the prefects of the Île-de-France region.

Two years before the opening ceremony (scheduled for July 26, 2024), this update aimed in particular to address issues of security, budget, but also employment and the progress of the work. At the end of this meeting, the Élysée said to itself “reassured” on all these points.

Safety, a major issue

The security question, in particular, occupied the discussions, a few weeks after the fiasco of the Stade de France. The figures communicated by the Presidency of the Republic mention the daily mobilization for the Olympic Games of 7,000 to 11,000 law enforcement officers, depending on the nature and scale of the events. The number of police present on the ground during the opening ceremony will not be determined “only once the artistic concept has been decided”.

In addition, eleven new mobile force units should soon be set up, under the Lopmi law. The executive also mentions 173 technological innovations being studied for “support” these agents.

The national navy will also be mobilized for nautical events, as well as the air force, in the context of the fight against drones. The Élysée specifies that the Sentinel operation could be reinforced according to the needs. Alongside them, 17,000 private security guards will monitor sports facilities, and between 22,000 and 25,000 including all sites.

The state is also concerned about cybersecurity issues, citing the 4 billion attacks that Japan would have suffered in 2021, when the country organized the Olympic Games. He announces a reinforcement of the prevention teams.

“The budget will be kept”

The executive also says he is confident about respecting his budget commitments, despite the uncertainties around the evolution of inflation. In total, between 1.7 and 1.8 billion euros of public money will be injected into the organization of the Games. On this budget, inflation has increased the envelope by 140 million euros for the State and communities. Among the solutions envisaged to absorb this additional cost, the State plans to multiply partnerships with brands and companies, or to dip into the “contingency reserve” of 315 million euros.

The Elysée ensures it, no “Olympic tax” will be put in place. And ticket prices should not suffer from the economic context either. Of all the tickets on sale, half will not exceed €50, and nearly a million will be offered at €24.

The executive also welcomed the progress of the work at a time when 35 structures are still under construction: 95% of the sites hosting competitions were already existing or of a temporary nature. According to its forecasts, the Olympic Village construction process will meet deadlines and constraints.

Finally, the government praises the balance sheet linked to employment and certifies that the million hours of work for people in professional integration have been exceeded. The target is 2.4 million by the start of the Games. These jobs would have benefited more than 1,500 people, including more than 70% with a CAP level or less than the baccalaureate and largely from Seine-Saint-Denis.

A new stage point is planned for the start of the school year, with representatives of the town hall of Paris and the Île-de-France region, elected officials from Seine-Saint-Denis and the French Olympic Committee.



Tokyo Olympics: an additional cost of 2.1 billion euros because of the Covid-19

A postponement and a pandemic that are very expensive. Japanese organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics announced on Friday, December 4 that the event – postponed for a year, to the summer of 2021, due to Covid-19 – would cost at least 267 billion yen (2.1 billion euros) more than previously estimated.

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According to the organizing committee, this amount is explained by operational costs related to the postponement (171 billion yen) and by the financial impact of the measures against the coronavirus that will be put in place for the Games in 2021 (96 billion yen) .

Costs could swell even more, as Tokyo 2020 said it was preparing an additional reserve budget of 27 billion yen (around 213 million euros) to help cover those expenses.

The Japanese unfavorable to the Games

The announcement comes as the organization tries to generate enthusiasm around the Games since their postponement in March, ensuring that the event can take place in the summer of 2021 even if the pandemic is not under control.

However, the increased cost of the Games could still cool Japanese public opinion which, according to several polls, is mostly in favor of a further postponement, or even outright cancellation. The additional costs will be divided between the Japanese government, the Tokyo Municipality and the Japanese organizing committee.