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Cars self-brake when encountering speed limit signs

FranceRegulations applied from 2022 force new cars sold to have technology to automatically slow down if the driver is running over the limit.

Intelligent Speed ​​Assist (ISA) is a technology that automatically slows down the vehicle according to the limit indicated on the traffic sign. The system uses GPS and speed cameras to determine if the vehicle is going over the limit in the area, and then reminds the driver before automatically releasing the accelerator. The driver remains in control of the vehicle when the system intervenes.

The regulation will apply from 7/2022, with all new car models sold in France must have an ISA. From 2024, even older cars sold must be equipped with this technology.

80 km/h speed limit sign in Hyet, Haute-Saône, France. Photo: AFP

The European Union (EU) approved these regulations last week. This is part of the “Vision Zero” initiative with the aim of eliminating fatal accidents on the road by 2050. In addition to France, the regulation is also expected to apply in other countries in 2022.

The EU says that there were almost 23,000 fatal crashes on European roads in 2019. Driving at “excessive or inappropriate” speeds is said to be a “major hazard” to road safety.

In France alone, 2,780 people died from traffic accidents in 2020 – a decrease of 21% compared to 2019. The decrease was mainly due to the blockade regulations during the epidemic period, which means fewer people driving on the road. ISA technology can help reduce this rate further.

But the French Drivers Association doesn’t like the technology, saying it could be unsafe for drivers.

“For example, if you’re driving and the technology can detect a speed limit sign while exiting a motorway, the technology could brake sharply and could cause the driver to stop too quickly, too hard, and lead to an accident,” said Pierre Chasseray, president of an association of 40 million drivers.

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Rugby: the XV of France at the rendezvous of its history

Fabien Galthié’s men provided the answers everyone expected on the field. By dominating (40-25) New Zealand, the ogre of world rugby, this Saturday, November 20, the XV of France warmed the hearts of the 80,000 spectators of the Stade de France, who had braved the cold to encourage the gang by Antoine Dupont.

→ THE FACTS. Rugby: against the Blacks, the blue spark

Bluffing mastery and freshness, the players perforated the powerful New Zealand machine by incessant thrusts, led by the sparkling Romain Ntamack, conveniently placed in number 10, and Damian Penaud, authors of a test each. The former French coach Jean-Claude Skrela was won over by this France team: she “Stifled the Blacks, who never managed to extricate themselves from the pressing and the intensity”.

A collective force

Puzzled at the end of the first two test matches of the Blues of this fall tour, the former international third row Olivier Magne (90 caps) says himself delighted ” to have seen “This triumphant youth finally exploiting their full potential, playing with great strength of character every opportunity that presented itself to them”.

This collective recital, without false notes, will be a milestone. Olivier Magne does not have enough laudatory words to qualify “This real act of faith on the part of the French, who have displayed an unshakeable belief in their values”. Like him, Jean-Claude Skrela retains the collective strength of this group, in which “Each player wanted to show that he was one of the best”.

In eighty minutes, the golden youth of French rugby erased a good part of the mistakes that had tarnished the victories of this autumn tour against the rough Argentinian Pumas (29-20) and the swift Georgians (41-15). The players themselves shared this slight taste of the unfinished: “I think we are capable of doing much better”, admitted Antoine Dupont, the captain of the Blues, who deplored at the end of the victory against the Argentines too high a number of technical faults of his team.

A thrilling match

Relying on an irreproachable state of mind, particularly noticeable in defense and in the conquest of the ball, they were able to correct their lack of offensive efficiency by inflicting four tries on the All Blacks. In the euphoria of this thrilling match, the game has regained the fluidity that it had recently lacked. As if by magic, the relationship between the forwards and the three-quarters – failing against Georgia – has become evident again.

On the eve of the summit against New Zealand, David Darricarrère, coach of the back lines of Castres, called not to bury too quickly this XV of France under construction: “Its services, not fully completed, are the bearer of a lot of lessons for the staff”, he estimated then, adding: “This group is working for the next World Cup. Faced with tough opponents, who knew our strengths and weaknesses, Fabien Galthié was right to try new associations of players like Jalibert and Ntamack. “

→ PORTRAIT. Rugby: Melvyn Jaminet to reveal the All Blacks

For him, the succession of victories, the emulation aroused by these new combinations, the growing popular enthusiasm around this team give all the reasons to dream. to a bright future ”. Optimism is all the stronger as many young players in the progression phase, such as Louis Carbonel (Toulon), Ethan Dumortier (Lyon), Florent Vanverberghe (Castres), Thomas Lavault (La Rochelle), “Can knock on the door”, underlines this former coach of the Bleuets, who knows better than anyone the extent of the talent of this generation, under-20 world champion in 2018 and 2019.

Restoring the image of rugby

Two years after the entry into office of Fabien Galthié and his staff, the XV of France advances with its face uncovered. At a press conference, at the end of the meeting, the coach no longer hid his ” ambition “ to grab a first world title on the palmares of France.

While waiting for the next deadlines, the success of the XV of France helps to restore the image of rugby, damaged by a succession of tragedies and concussions among young people and in the amateur world. “This French team has become very popular, rejoices Jean-Claude Skrela. Sports stars don’t just belong to football anymore. Children, amateur players, identify with Romain Ntamack or Antoine Dupont. I am sure that at Christmas, at the foot of the tree, there will be rugby shirts this year. “


The flawless women’s XV

A breakthrough, before the next World Cup which will take place in New Zealand, from October 8 to November 12, 2022. After their victory last week in Pau against this country (38-13), the Blue have concluded their tour in Castres fall in the most beautiful way with a second consecutive victory against New Zealand (29-7).

Impactful and aggressive, the young three-quarter-wing Marie-Aurélie Castel (Stade Rennes) signed two of the four French tries while Agathe Sochat and Caroline Drouin took charge of increasing the score against the Black Ferns.

The world hierarchy seems to be in turmoil. This double failure of the reigning world champions comes after their defeats against England (43-12 and 56-15) a few weeks earlier. The Blue, who started this tour by crushing South Africa on November 6 (46-3), are full of confidence.


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France’s Covid-19 cases increased ‘lightningly fast’

The French government says the country’s infection rate is increasing at an alarming rate, with the number of daily new cases almost doubling in the past week.

According to health officials, as of November 20, the average number of new infections in seven days in France was 17,153, up from 9,458 cases a week earlier, equivalent to an increase of 81%.

“The fifth wave of Covid-19 is spreading like lightning,” warned government spokesman Gabrial Attal today.

The increase in infections in the most recent 7 days is three times higher than the average recorded in the previous three weeks, indicating that the number of infections is increasing exponentially.

Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, in January. Photo: Reuters.

Currently, this situation has not caused a sudden increase in the number of hospitalized patients because of Covid-19. This may be due to France’s relatively high vaccination rate, which helps prevent the disease from becoming severe.

French hospitals yesterday reported a total of 7,974 Covid-19 patients being cared for, with 1,333 in intensive care.

“The number of cases is increasing sharply, but we also know that France currently has very wide vaccine coverage,” Attal said. “We seem to be ahead of our neighbors in their efforts to deploy booster shots.”

According to him, France applied Covid-19 certification early in the summer, ahead of most other countries, and this also helped the authorities control the disease better.

Attal stressed the government will continue to stick to its choice, forcing “those who have not been vaccinated to be subject to more restrictions than those who have been vaccinated”.

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2022 Tour de France route: discover the map of the stages of the 109th edition

This time it’s the right one. Deprived of Tour in 2021 because of the Covid and the postponement of one year of the Euro with matches organized in its capital, Denmark finally welcomes the Grande Boucle for its 109e edition from 1er July 2022. And for the most northerly Grand Départ in its long history, the Tour de France is obviously not making the trip for nothing: three stages will be contested in the Scandinavian kingdom.

To liven up the affair from the outset, the organizers are counting on an individual entry time trial over 13 km in Copenhagen on 1er July, and on two stages in a row, the second of which is offered to the pranks of Aeolus, with 50 km along the coast and the crossing in the last pitches of the Great Belt Strait on the third longest bridge in the world, of 6.7 km.

The cobblestones of the North and the vertigo of the peaks in the Alps

Guaranteeing a show from the first week is always the major concern of the organizers, who promise a rapid resumption of hostilities after a day of rest on Monday July 4, time to repatriate the great cycling circus in France, and more exactly in the North. A few cobblestones on the menu to spice up the sauce, and quickly head to the Planche des Belles-Filles on Friday July 8, the queen of the Vosges becoming a must-see on the Tour for a sixth visit since 2010.

After a short trip to Switzerland, passing through Aigle, where the headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI) is located, and another day of rest, watch your eyes with a second alpine week of very high standards. A Morzine – Geneva stage to start the business, then the great return of the Col du Granon, perched at 2,400 m, one of the toughest in the Alps, whose laces have been waiting for climbers since 1986, and, to end the infernal triptych, July 14 at the top of Alpe d’Huez, which the runners had not approached since 2018.

Lourdes and Rocamadour the last week

The organizations will hardly be able to breathe on the way to the Pyrenees with an arrival in Mende, in Lozère, on the Côte de la Croix Neuve renamed “Montée Jalabert” after the feat of the tri-colored runner who won after a very long single-handed breakaway in 1995. In the Pyrenees, the last explanations of the climbers are scheduled for July 20, with a spectacular arrival at the altiport of the Peyragudes resort, where a certain James Bond stood out in 1997 (in Tomorrow never dies) but especially Romain Bardet winner in 2017, and the next day, July 21, after leaving the sanctuary of Lourdes, another fight on the peaks in Hautacam, who had been patient since 2014.

Finally, the icing on the cake, the time trial which can play justices of the peace on July 23. This year, it will be a yellow jersey and a black virgin, since the final race against the chronometer is scheduled in Rocamadour, the medieval and religious city of Lot, the day before the finish on the Champs-Élysées, on Sunday July 24. Where, even before the arrival of the men, the teams of the Women’s Tour de France will leave, returning after more than 30 years of absence.

→ ANALYSIS. The beautiful autumn of women’s cycling

The event, run from 1984 to 1989 as the curtain-raiser of the Men’s Tour, will be limited to eight days next year. The race director, the former champion and television consultant Marion Rousse, presented a course of 1,029 km concentrated in the north-east of France, and which promises a successful arrival on July 31 on the arid slopes from the Planche des Belles-Filles, borrowed a few days earlier by these gentlemen.


The 21 stages of the Tour de France 2022

The 2022 Tour de France has a distance of 3,328 kilometers, an estimate that may be slightly corrected after the organizers’ last reconnaissance.

1st step: Copenhagen (DAN) – Copenhagen, 13 km (individual time trial) (July 1)

2nd step: Roskilde (DAN) – Nyborg (DAN), 199 km (July 2)

3rd step: Vejle (DAN) – Sönderborg (DAN), 182 km (July 3)

Transfer (July 4)

4th step: Dunkirk – Calais, 172 km (July 5)

5th step: Lille Métropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 155 km (July 6)

6th step: Binche (BEL) – Longwy, 220 km (July 7)

7th step: Tomblaine – The great Belles-Filles board, 176 km (July 8)

8th step: Dole – Lausanne (SUI), 184 km (July 9)

9th step: Aigle (SUI) – Châtel, 183 km (July 10)

Rest in Morzine (July 11)

10th step: Morzine – Megeve, 148 km (July 12)

11th step: Albertville – Granon pass, 149 km (July 13)

12th step: Briançon – Alpe d’Huez, 166 km (July 14)

13th step: Bourg d’Oisans – Saint-Étienne, 193 km (July 15)

14th step: Saint-Étienne – Mende, 195 km (July 16)

15th step: Rodez – Carcassonne, 200 km (July 17)

Rest in Carcassonne (July 18)

16th step: Carcassonne – Foix, 179 km (July 19)

17th step: Saint-Gaudens – Peyragudes, 130 km (July 20)

18th stage: Lourdes – Hautacam, 143 km (July 21)

19th stage: Castelnau-Magnoac – Cahors, 189 km (July 22)

20th step: Lacapelle-Marival – Rocamadour, 40 km (individual time trial) (23 July)

21st step: Paris La Défense Arena – Paris Champs-Elysées, 112 km (July 24)



The Tour de France women 2022 will start in front of the Eiffel Tower on July 24

Marion Rousse, recently appointed director of the event organized by ASO, unveiled Thursday, October 14, the route of this “First” edition, eight stages long for a distance exceeding 1,000 kilometers.

A women’s Tour de France has existed in the past in different forms. Organized in parallel with the Men’s Tour from 1984 to 1989, it then took place with other organizers under other names before disappearing at the end of the 2000s for lack of funding.

The Tour de France Women will start on the day of the arrival of the Tour 2022 men, Sunday July 24. The new event will be endowed with € 250,000 in prizes, including 50,000 for the winner, i.e. an amount greater than the one-week races for men (the total amount of the Paris-Nice prizes reaches for example € 144,300, including 16,000 to the winner).

Eight days of racing, waiting for more?

The officially named race route “Tour de France Women with Zwift” will take the direction of the east of France along four stages of plain, two others with a rugged profile and two days in the mountains.

→ ANALYSIS. The beautiful autumn of women’s cycling

Symbolically, the competitors will climb the Ballon d’Alsace, the first pass to be climbed by the Tour de France in 1905, and will compete for the last yellow jersey at the top of the super Planche des Belles-Filles which will also be the finish of the Grande Boucle l ‘next year.

“An eight-day race is the right format”, estimated Marion Rousse. “We do not put barriers to go beyond thereafter. Our ambition is to organize a long-lasting race and, for this, the economic aspect is essential ”.

A daily live TV of 2:30

If the highest point of the event is set at the Grand Ballon (1336 m above sea level), in the 7e and penultimate stage leading to the Alsatian station of Markstein, the longest stage will reach 175 kilometers between Bar-le-Duc and Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (5e stage).

Curiosity of this first edition, the 4e step will take the “White paths”, French version of the Tuscan Strade Bianche, that is to say chalky paths through the vineyards of the Champagne hillsides for nearly 13 kilometers as you approach Bar-sur-Aube.

Twenty-two teams of six runners will be entered and the race will benefit from a live broadcast of 2.5 hours per day on France Télévisions. “The races already exist in women’s cycling”, noted Tour director Christian Prudhomme. “What is lacking is dissemination, media coverage, essential to ensure economic balance. We hope to achieve balance in the first year ”.


The 8 stages of the Tour de France Women 2022

July 24 : 1st stage Paris Eiffel Tower – Paris Champs-Élysées, 82 km

July 25 : 2nd stage Meaux (Seine-et-Marne) – Provins (Seine-et-Marne), 135 km

July 26 : 3rd stage Reims – Épernay (Marne), 133 km

July 27 : 4th stage Troyes – Bar-sur-Aube (Aube), 126 km

July 28 : 5th stage Bar-le-Duc (Meuse) – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (Vosges), 175 km

July 29 : 6th stage Saint-Dié-des-Vosges (Vosges) – Rosheim (Bas-Rhin), 128 km

July 30 : 7th stage Sélestat (Bas-Rhin) – Le Markstein (Haut-Rhin), 127 km

July 31 : 8th stage Lure (Haute-Saône) – The super Planche des Belles-Filles (Haute-Saône), 123 km


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Photos of Messi, Neymar, Mbappe received 7 million likes

FranceThe photo of the three PSG strikers celebrating the victory after the Man City match in the Champions League was shared by Neymar and immediately “stormed” on Instagram.

Photo of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe topless, shoulder to shoulder to celebrate the victory in the PSG dressing room. The photo quickly received 5 million likes and then increased to 7 million in three hours, along with thousands of comments.

The photo shared by Neymar on Instagram.

These are the top three strikers in the world at the moment. While Neymar holds the world transfer record, Mbappe is the reigning world champion and the most valuable at the moment, and Messi is a legend with six Ballon d’Or. They used to start, but disappointed in the opening match of this season’s Champions League against Club Brugge.

But yesterday, all three contributed to PSG’s 2-0 win over Man City. At the opening goal, Mbappe launched an attack on the right wing, before Idrissa Gueye received the ball and shot into the top corner. In the 65th minute Mbappe continued to leave an impression, when he turned on the wall for Messi to shoot from outside the penalty area, setting the score. This is also the first goal of the Argentine superstar for the French team.

After scoring, Messi pointed at Mbappe as a thank you for the coordination.

PSG 2-0 Man City

In the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, PSG lost 1-2 to Man City at Parc des Princes and 0-2 as a guest at Etihad. This is also the first victory of Mauricio Pochettino’s teachers and students in the Champions League this season, thereby climbing to the top of Group A with four points. Club Brugge also has four points, but is behind due to a sub-stat loss. Man City are third with three points, while RB Leipzig are last after two defeats.

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PSG teammates surprised by Messi’s simplicity

FranceRight-back Achraf Hakimi was surprised by the friendliness of Lionel Messi, and believes the Argentine star will soon make an impact at PSG.

“I, like many others, did not think that Messi would leave Barca one day. And when I heard that Messi was going to PSG, I didn’t know what to say. It was like a dream for me. I played with many great players. great, but have not had the opportunity to play with Messi. I am very proud to be with such an outstanding player,” Hakimi said in the French newspaper. L’Equipe September 25th.

The 22-year-old defender also admitted that he was surprised by Messi’s demeanor in the dressing room. “I easily build a relationship with Messi. On the pitch, I give the ball to Messi and then run. And Messi will pass the ball to me correctly. I was surprised by Messi’s behavior, he is simple, talk less,” Hakimi said.

Hakimi replaced Messi in PSG’s 2-1 win over Lyon at Parc des Princes on September 19. Photo: ANP Sport

Hakimi and Messi both arrive at PSG in the summer of 2021. While Hakimi shines with three goals and two assists in eight Ligue I appearances, Messi is empty and has not made a significant mark after three matches. The bad luck lasted for Messi when the Argentine star broke the bone of his left knee after the match against Lyon on September 19. He, therefore, missed two matches against Metz and Montpellier, and left open the possibility of returning to the Champions League battle against Man City on September 28.

Hakimi insists Messi will soon make an impact at PSG, despite a difficult start. He said: “In order to improve, I will pay attention to how Messi trains and plays. The whole team will gradually play better. The players all work very hard. We speak the same language, and gradually. is gradually getting to know each person.”

The Moroccan defender also revealed the reason for turning down Chelsea to join PSG this summer. “When I received two offers from Chelsea and PSG, I had a hunch that I had to go to Paris, and I would be happy here. PSG is a great club, and I appreciate the love of the fans. I am lucky. because there are so many other champions with me here. I think I made the right decision. I feel happy. PSG now have a dream team and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

PSG ran perfect momentum for the match against Man City when they defeated Monpellier 2-0 in the eighth round of Ligue I on September 25. This is PSG’s 10th consecutive victory – something unprecedented since the first 14 wins in the club’s history achieved under Thomas Tuchel from mid-August to November 2018.

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The two Afghan Paralympic athletes welcomed by France

The two Afghan athletes who participated in the Tokyo Paralympic Games were welcomed by France, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu announced on Friday, August 10. “They wanted to come back to France, and we welcomed them like thousands of Afghans”, assured the minister.

These two athletes, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli, whose participation in the Paralympic Games was almost prevented by the arrival of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan, landed on French soil shortly after the end of the Games, whose closing ceremony was took place on Sunday.

→ ANALYSIS. Afghanistan: reception is organized for refugees who have landed in France

The two athletes had already passed through France in August. The sports ministry, in collaboration with the military ministry and the foreign ministry, had indeed managed to evacuate them from Kabul to Paris, a few days before the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on August 24.

Taekwondo and athletics

“We managed to get these athletes out of Kabul, and then we made sure that these athletes could rest (…) and train” at the National Institute of Sports Expertise and Performance (Insep), recalled Roxana Maracineanu.

Arrived on August 28 in Tokyo, they were greeted by the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons upon their arrival on Japanese soil. They were able to participate in their respective events, taekwondo for Zakia Khudadadi and the 400m in athletics for Hossain Rasouli, who lost his left arm in a mine explosion.

“I followed them a bit (in Tokyo, editor’s note). You know that I have a past quite close to theirs since I too arrived in France as a refugee (in 1984 from Romania, editor’s note), so I am very sensitive to their situation today ”, added the minister.

“I also know the dangers that threaten them and their families”, said Roxana Maracineanu, who did not wish to say more about their situation ” For safety reasons “.



Football: the France team is still trampling in Ukraine

The reigning world champions no longer win. Eliminated in the round of 16 of the Euro by Switzerland (3-3, 5-4 tab), the Blues again drew Saturday on Ukrainian soil, on the same score as last Wednesday against Bosnia, but by returning better copy.

In Kiev, for more than an hour, the coach Didier Deschamps, already deprived of Kylian Mbappé, affected in a calf, also chose to deprive himself of Karim Benzema. And it was the Ukrainians who opened the scoring, by Shaparenko (44e minute), with a superb shot, after a nice counter-attack following a failed face-to-face by Anthony Martial.

→ READ. France team: Giroud not summoned with the Blues

The Manchester United striker still found the opening (50e) as soon as the restart, at close range, and scored his first goal in Blue since 2016. The victory could have come from Moussa Diaby (77e), whose nice cross shot hit the Ukrainian post.

Still leading Group D

Little consolation, in accounting terms, the Habs remain at the top of Group D of these qualifiers, with 9 points, and have a good lead over the Ukrainians (5 pts) and Finland (5 pts), which they host on Tuesday September 7 in Lyon. Victorious Saturday of Kazakhstan (1-0), the Finns are two games less than the Blues and are only four points behind France.

“The situation may not be better than before the match (in Ukraine, editor’s note), but it is not fundamentally worse either “, played down Didier Deschamps, inviting his players to “Do not give up”. On the land of Karim Benzema, the Blues will not have the right to make mistakes, otherwise the final sprint of the qualifiers, in November, will be very tense.



In the wake of the Games, France faces the challenge of accessibility to para-sports

Elie Patrigeon, the director general of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPESF), returned from the Tokyo Games all smiles. With 54 podiums, including 11 gold medals, the goal of reaching 35 medals has been greatly exceeded. But he measures with lucidity the work that awaits France to guarantee access to para-sports practice throughout the territory. “Overall, our regional analyzes show us that this access remains difficult, in particular for people with severe disabilities”, he notes.

Multiple brakes

The media exposure of the Paralympic Games does not generate ” inevitably an influx into the clubs », He regrets. ” The facts are there: the chain which leads to the practice of sport is longer and more complex than for the able-bodied. “Not all clubs are able to accommodate these licensees, while few supervisors have received appropriate training.

→ READ. Paralympic Games: Lucas Mazur, eleventh and last French gold medal in Tokyo

In addition to these obstacles, there is the problem of equipment and the taking into account of logistics and transport issues which discourage some managers: ” All this contributes to the exclusion of people with disabilities, who do not all know that they can play sports. “, Advances the leader.

To remedy this, since 2019, the French Paralympic and Sports Committee has appointed a Paralympic referent in all regions to promote the development of parasportive practice. For its part, a “para-welcoming club” project invites volunteer clubs to think about setting up an organization that “ bring mixed and different practices to life within the same establishment “, for ” go find actors with whom we worked little until now “.

More and more initiatives

This policy is starting to bear fruit. Some federations, such as the FFJ (French Judo Federation), are mobilizing themselves without sparing their efforts. Associations and local communities too. Within the framework of the “ENMS X club” project, clubs have, for example, joined forces with medico-social establishments, in order to diversify the sports disciplines open to the beneficiaries of these structures. Launched in December 2020, this project has resulted in more than 80 initiatives in France, particularly in Île-de-France or in Hauts-de-France. In the same spirit, the Departmental Handisport Committee of Finistère offers a wide range of outdoor sports.

→ MAINTENANCE. Paralympic Games: “Let’s show that disabled athletes exist and perform well”

Other regions have developed very different “decompartmentalization” strategies. Thus, in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the regional disabled sports committee has set up a platform for loaning materials and equipment, often extremely expensive such as the wheelchairs needed to practice certain team sports (basketball, handball or wheelchair rugby) or individual (athletics, racket sports). Finally, set up in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the DAHLIR (Human support system towards integrated and regular leisure activities), is “ an associative device, a little outside the sports movement, which aims to network all the players in the chain “. For Elie Patrigeon, “ the story has only just begun, but we have the wind in our sails “.