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Emmanuel Macron launches his sports plan and announces 5,000 sports equipment created or renovated



After the words, the budgetary acts. In his reception speech for the Tokyo medalists on September 13, Emmanuel Macron called for sports mobilization after the disappointing results of the Olympic Games. This speech, which had made waves in the sports world, should lead, a month later, to announcements, during a trip by the Head of State to Seine-Saint-Denis, at the heart of the device. of the Paris Games.

→ READ. Olympic Games: Onesta plan to glean more medals in Paris

The president indeed hears, according to his sports advisor Cyril Mourin, “Take advantage of the leverage of games to strengthen sports policy in terms of schools, public health and territorial action”.Concretely, an envelope of 200 million new credits will be opened to the National Sports Agency, an organization created in 2019 to coordinate all sports actions in the territory.

Lightweight and inexpensive infrastructure

No less than 5,000 sports facilities will be created or renovated, according to the Élysée. With a priority for poorly endowed areas: priority neighborhoods for city policy in Seine Saint-Denis or Marseille, and rural development areas. The effort will focus on light and inexpensive infrastructure. The plan targets in particular the City Stadiums, judo halls (dojos), 3 x 3 basketball courts, padel courts or removable swimming pools.

Appropriations will be specifically directed towards the requalification of existing equipment for new needs. Certain college or high school stadiums will thus be fitted out to be accessible to the public outside of school hours. Municipal halls or common areas on the ground floor of social buildings will be suitable for sports uses.

Immediately available credits

For the sake of efficiency, these credits are immediately available, allocated over time, according to the needs expressed by the federations, without waiting for the usual budgetary arbitration. Emmanuel Macron should also announce that the State will commit to at least 50% on each project. This rate can go up to 80% in certain cases (100% in the overseas territories and departments).

→ PANDEMIC. The enthusiasm for home sports quickly waned

Member of the Loire (Generations) and co-chair of the working group on Paris 2024 at the National Assembly, Régis Juanico regrets that this plan is coming so late. “It’s always good that we put money into sport, explains the opposition MP, but it would not have been necessary to plan for three years in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the sums allocated to sports equipment. We had fallen to a historically low level, there we are correcting it is good, but we lost a lot of time ”.“One can also wonder about the means freed in addition to animate these places, because an empty stadium, without educator or project of animation, it is useless”, he adds.

A president footballer for a day

These announcements will be distilled during a morning dedicated to the sports and Olympic world. The presidential procession will pass through the Olympic village, whose construction is well underway. The opportunity for Emmanuel Macron to check that the deadlines are respected, as well as the conditions of employment imposed by the State in the application file. According to the sports advisor of the Élysée, the imposed target of 10% of jobs induced by Paris 2024 resulting from integration has been exceeded (we are talking about 13%).

The afternoon will then be festive for the president, who will leave Seine Saint-Denis to reach the Yvelines, in Poissy, where the Variétés Club de France, “his” ephemeral football club awaits him. In order to pay tribute to this association organizing matches for the benefit of charities, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, he will put on crampons alongside former glories, such as Marcel Desailly, Arsène Wenger, Christian Karembeu or Jean-Michel Larqué .

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Olympic Games: Onesta plan to glean more medals in Paris



For weeks, we could feel the pot boiling on the side of the high performance cell and its director Claude Onesta. Present on all fields in Tokyo, the former boss of the French multi-medal handball team, returned from Japan disappointed by the overall performance of French athletes. “We lacked perspective on the level of our athletes because the pandemic had stopped competitions around the world and disrupted training. We hoped to be at least at the level of Rio in 2016 and we are far below “, he observes.

→ ANALYSIS. Tokyo Olympics: for the Blues, the account is not so good

The Blues brought back only 33 medals, against 42 in Rio, and the extraordinary performance of team sports, such as the good results of judo and fencing, did not mask some severe accidents, in athletics and swimming. particularly. These two disciplines are particularly targeted by the plan of attack developed, Tuesday, October 5, by Claude Onesta, in the presence of the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu. They represent a major stake, giving alone more than 250 medals, that is to say nearly a quarter of the rewards distributed during an Olympiad.

Generalization of the high performance unit in federations

These federations and a few others will therefore be the subject of specific support and their management will henceforth be remote-controlled by the ministry and the performance unit headed by Claude Onesta. This violation of the rule of independence of federations is clearly supported by its supervising minister. Which is engaged in the recruitment of a new national technical director for athletics and a performance director, after the defection of the former cyclist Florian Rousseau who threw in the towel after Tokyo.

These two functions – development of mass practice and high-level supervision – today united under the hat of the national technical director, will be systematically duplicated. “This DTN function has become too broad, sometimes those who occupy these positions have never experienced a high level, so each federation must have its own high performance unit, which will work with us”, clarifies Claude Onesta.

Develop the culture of winning

For the former handball player, one of the great problems of French sport is the isolation of athletes with their personal trainer. “75% of athletes are not hosted in state centers, such as Insep and Creps (1). We must send personnel to these structures so that these technicians, often valuable, adhere to the methods allowing their athletes not only to perform well, but also to sublimate themselves on the day of the Olympic final ”, he explains.

→ OUR FILE OG 2024, the Olympic Games in France

This culture of winning, commonplace in Anglo-Saxon or Asian countries, is due to a multitude of details allowing, according to him, an athlete to be relaxed and confident when setting off. “It is not only a question of acting on the psychological level, but of progressing in all the fields, technical, physical, material, which constitute the performance. This is what I call the marginal gains theory, which allows the athlete to be sure that he is going to walk on water on D-Day, because if he does not have the assurance that everything has been done at best, it does not move forward. “

Concretely, the coaches will be better supported, including financially. “We ask guys paid 2,000 to 3,000 € to have an influence on a global competition while being available and sometimes away from home every weekend, it does not work”, he explains. Adding that many renowned French coaches, left to exercise their talents abroad for financial reasons, are being recalled.

Athletes too scattered over the territory

The geographic isolation of athletes also distances them from technical and medical resource centers. Performance houses, sort of regional correspondents for the cell headed by Claude Onesta, will therefore be set up. And the former boss of handball, used to dealing with professional athletes, also relies a lot on the goodwill of team sports clubs, used to managing their players’ problems in a few hours.

Large football and rugby clubs, such as Clermont, have been approached to provide physiotherapists, doctors, and even financial advice. “The first contacts are enthusiastic, because they are happy to help the Olympic movement. This will allow their players to socialize with other athletes and they will be able to communicate about their actions. In fact, everyone wins ”, he continues. Likewise, everyone has an interest in the France team being as efficient as possible in 2024.

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Foundation stone for the Arena-Porte de la Chapelle

Anne Hidalgo laid the first stone of the “Arena-Porte de la Chapelle” on Tuesday, October 5, the only construction in Paris ahead of the 2024 Games. The intermediate level sports infrastructure (8,000 places) must accommodate during the Games badminton and rhythmic gymnastics, then para-badminton, para-taekwondo and para-weightlifting competitions. The hall must be delivered in 2023, and outside the Games, host Paris Basketball as a resident club from September 2023. It must also host shows, concerts, conferences, and meet the needs of the inhabitants of the district with the creation of two gymnasiums.

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Olympic Games 2024: the occupants of the Aubervilliers allotment gardens have been evacuated



At around 7:30 a.m., Thursday, September 2, the police proceeded to “The evacuation of plots of Aubervilliers gardens, illegally occupied since April 30”, said the prefecture of Seine-Saint-Denis in a press release. Environmental activists occupied these gardens to contest their destruction for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. They should indeed be replaced by an aquatic training site and a station for the future Grand Paris Express, scheduled for 2030.

→ REPORT. “Earthen pot against iron pot”, the gardeners of Aubervilliers rebel

“About fifteen occupants were evicted in peace. Only one individual was taken into custody for contempt and violence against the police “, detailed the prefecture.

The destruction of their makeshift facilities, built over the months, immediately began. The ” repair “ and an “Security” places have started, to allow the site to start, according to the prefecture.

Against the tide of the ecological emergency

These allotment gardens, a century-old enclave of 2.5 hectares at the foot of the towers, must be reduced by nearly 4,000 m2 for the construction of a large terrace adjoining this new aquatic center. The infrastructure, which will be used to train athletes for the Olympics, will then be open to the general public.

In the eyes of opponents, this project is the sign of unreasonable urbanization in the name of the Olympic Games, against the tide of the ecological emergency. “We witness the destruction of the gardens by a shovel completely unarmed, it is an incredible violence. We are surrounded by CRS who take us for terrorists ”, testified in the morning Camille, an environmental activist present on the spot.

“Natural and cultural heritage, an island of freshness, biodiversity refuge, a tool for social links, environmental education … the allotments of Aubervilliers destroyed for a few weeks of the Olympic Games in 2024”, tweeted Julien Bayou, the national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens.

Opponents filed an appeal against the building permit for the project on Monday, August 30. At a cost of 33.6 million euros, it is supported by the city of Aubervilliers and notably benefits from around 10 million euros in subsidies from Solideo, the delivery company for Olympic structures.

→ READ. Grand Paris express: the work of the century

At the end of April, Grand Paris Aménagement – owner of the land – assured that it had relocated the gardeners concerned on other neighboring plots in “Favoring dialogue”. Defenders of these gardens called for a demonstration at 6 p.m. in front of the town hall of Aubervilliers.

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Olympic Games: goodbye Tokyo, hello Paris 2024!



On the Japanese night, the closing was nostalgic, Sunday August 8, with the handover ceremony between two women, the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo – a first in Olympic history.

It was festive 9,800 km to the west, at the beginning of the afternoon in Paris, with this famous banner of half a hectare deployed on the Eiffel Tower shivering as the patrouille de France passed. Quite a symbol, which will find its practical variation Monday 9, around 2 p.m. at Roissy, when the door of the plane bringing back Anne Hidalgo and the flag will open.

A new story will then begin, 1,082 days before the lighting of a new cauldron in the French capital, on July 26, 2024. It has been written line after line since September 13, 2017, the day of the attribution of the thirtieth Games , one hundred years after the seventh also organized in Paris in 1924.

Since then, the main people responsible for the file, the president of the organizing committee Tony Estanguet, Anne Hidalgo and Jean Castex, government coordinator of Paris 2024 before being appointed to Matignon, have crumpled up a lot of drafts. Under the sponsorship of Emmanuel Macron who collected the Olympic laurels planted by his predecessor François Hollande.

Opening ceremony on the banks of the Seine

Present in Tokyo during the first two days of the Games, the Head of State has eaten the secrecy instructions on one of the most anticipated files of Paris-2024, the site of the opening ceremony which will not take place at Stade de France for a few tens of thousands of privileged ticket holders, but in the heart of the city, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

The place is not stopped ”, assured Tony Estanguet to The cross, in a declaration intended to spare the susceptibility of the Olympic authorities, who will have to validate the project in December 2021. But the decision is taken; Anne Hidalgo has also reconfirmed Sunday 8 in The team.

→ ANALYSIS. Tokyo Olympics: for the Blues, the account is not so good

Once the flame is lit, all eyes will be on … the Concorde, where some of the most anticipated competitions of the 32 disciplines on the program will be held: skateboarding, 3 × 3 basketball, integrated in Tokyo and maintained in Paris, but also breaking, a new sport resulting from urban culture, which will make its entry into the Parisian program. These disciplines are supposed to bring young people back to a ring party that they had neglected for the past two decades.

“It’s strategic for the future. The younger generations want to see sports that are like them, with short and spectacular competitions that they can follow on their smartphone. The IOC understood this well and Paris 2024 too ”, underlines Kevin Bernardi, owner of the Sport & Society site, at the forefront of the sociology of sport.

Equipment for Seine Saint-Denis

Celebrated in Tokyo, the marriage of tradition and modernity will therefore be confirmed in Paris. “The magic of the Games is based on this diversity of events and these sports bring something new”, Tony Estanguet told us in Tokyo, just after visiting the climbing site, a sport which, in 2024, will not be presented at Concorde but at Le Bourget. In fact, the Paris Games will not only be those of the beautiful neighborhoods and historic sites of the City of Light or its region.

Their hearts will beat widely in Seine-Saint-Denis. In addition to the climbing wall, the “93” will host two of the main facilities designed for the Games, which will remain there as a legacy: the Olympic village and the Aubervilliers swimming pool (the department did not have a 50 m Olympic pool).

→ READ. Seine-Saint-Denis still hopes to benefit from the 2024 Olympics

The Arena, a new hall built at Porte de la Chapelle, will link the popular north of Paris so far without large sports (and show) venues and Seine-Saint-Denis. “On the construction side, that’s about all”, explains Tony Estanguet, satisfied that this architectural moderation serves a 2024 carbon footprint more favorable than that of Tokyo or the previous Games.

If Anne Hidalgo adheres to this ecological objective, she also underlines the benefits of the Games for employment. “Thousands of workers have already worked on the sites, they will be nearly 10,000 in the fall, 150,000 direct jobs will be mobilized for the organization of the Games in tourism, catering and security”, underlines the elected.

Paris 2024 twice cheaper than Tokyo

On the budgetary level, Paris is doomed to do better than London, Rio or Tokyo. It will not be difficult, because the 13 billion euros from Tokyo, increased by 2 billion additional costs linked to the pandemic, have appeared as a scarecrow with the Court of Auditors, which has again tightened the screws of Paris 2024. The Organizing Committee’s financiers were recently summoned to find an additional 400 million euros, which has led to a new version of the site map – which, this time, seems final.

Unless a new tile is still possible in terms of health or safety, Paris 2024 should remain in an envelope twice as light as Tokyo. We are counting on 7.3 billion euros, of which 3.4 billion (1) invested in long-lasting equipment such as the swimming pool, or the Olympic village recycled into housing after 2024.

The other part, 3.9 billion euros of private operating budget, comes from TV rights, ticketing, an endowment from the IOC. And sponsors, more and more numerous to come to the counter as the deadline approaches, history, as for Decathlon (last partner to date to be committed), to participate in the celebration.

“We saw it clearly in Tokyo, despite the pandemic, the risks linked to the postponement, the unpopularity at the beginning, the Games are ending well, as always or almost, concludes Tony Estanguet, we will still have problems, but what matters is partying and sport, our legacy will be to leave France a little sportier and it needs it. “

First small step from the start of the September 2021 school year, with the gradual entry into force, under the impetus of Paris 2024, of thirty minutes of compulsory physical exercise in primary schools to fight against children’s sedentary lifestyle.

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Olympics: in Tokyo, Paris 2024 in sight for the French


For months, the officials of the French Olympic delegation have been counting the medals they hope to collect on August 9, when the Tokyo flame goes out. The calculator was heated until the last moment, while the number of benchmark competitions, organized in recent months, was reduced due to the health crisis.

→ ANALYSIS. Tokyo 2021 Olympics: for athletes, Olympics without joy

Certain French sure values, like the rider Thibaut Vallette, covered with gold in eventing in Rio, were eliminated by injury. Others returned at the last moment, like the tennis player Pierre-Hugues Herbert, injured and finally from the trip. Without counting the ankle of the double medalist Renaud Lavillenie which gives many worries to the medical staff.

“It’s difficult to set a precise goal”, declares the former skier Michel Vion, head of delegation until last week, before cavalierly surrendering his apron to put on that of secretary general of the International Ski Federation. His successor André-Pierre Goubert drew an unofficial line which is around 40 medals, much like in Rio and London. This would place France around seventh place among the Olympic nations, a rank that has been virtually unchanged for twenty years, with the exception of Beijing’s poor performance (tenth).

“Aim for a better world rank”

This honorable harvest could be even richer depending on the color of the ears contained in the basket. France has always been well medalist, but lacks titles. She only won ten in 2016, and only the number of titles is taken into account in the medal table. “There is only one Olympic champion and this is the one we remember”, says Claude Onesta, former coach of the French handball team, whose two titles in 2008 and 2012 are remembered when the 2016 money is forgotten.

→ READ. Tokyo 2021: Olympic Games at all costs

Today boss of performance at the National Sports Agency (an organization created two years ago to reshape high-level French sport with a view to 2024), Claude Onesta has started his tour of the stadiums and training halls of Tokyo, in search of the medal winner in 2024. “It would be an insult to the athletes and coaches who have worked like crazy for five years to be on top during these Games to consider them as a simple transition,” he said. But my job is to measure what is called the Olympic trajectory, ie the ability of the athletes present in Tokyo to be medalists in 2024. “

For Paris, the goal of 80 medals, twice the usual quota, set in 2018 by the short-lived sports minister Laura Flessel is now swept away. “Rather than advancing on a specific number of medals, I think it is rational to aim for a better world rank. Fifth place is accessible on condition of collecting more gold. The goal of 40 medals in Tokyo is just a starting point ”, continues Claude Onesta who will closely follow the results of the Blues, well beyond the simple podiums. Everything will count: resistance to the pressure of a big event, the possible room for improvement, age, personal project, etc. The gold medal of a future retiree counts less in his eyes than the fourth place of a young hopeful.

Coaches financially interested in the results

Her agency has drawn a so-called performance circle, in which she has included 404 high-potential athletes for Paris, many of whom will be in Tokyo. She particularly supervises the disciplines distributing a lot of medals. ” We will obviously not neglect any medal-winning discipline such as handball, but this sport only awards six medals, three for boys and three for girls, that’s not a lot ”, he argues.

→ BENCHMARKS. At the Tokyo Olympics, more urban and feminine disciplines

In his viewfinder, swimming which reigns with judo on the medal counter during the first week of the Games (105 for swimming and 45 for judo). And athletics which dominated the second week from the top of its 144 podiums at stake. Even fencing (36 medals) which has long since ceased to be the heyday of French Olympism. “Things will have to change, and quickly”, explains Claude Onesta, who will spend the fortnight scrutinizing the performances of the athletes but also of their coaches, for the first time financially interested in the results.

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National Olympic Committee: Brigitte Henriques, quiet determination



She was the favorite, and she won it without a hit. Brigitte Henriques won in the first round of the elections for the presidency of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), collecting 57.87% of the 1,022 votes called to vote on Tuesday, June 29. They are well ahead of the other three candidates: the former judoka Thierry Rey, his main challenger, won only 19.26% of the vote, just ahead of the co-president of the Federation sportive et gymnique du travail Emmanuelle Bonnet-Ouladj (16.05% ), the former world water skiing champion Patrice Martin bringing up the rear (6.82%).

The current vice-president of the French Football Federation in a way embodied continuity, she who had already held the vice-presidency of the institution alongside Denis Masseglia since 2017. At 50, she became the first woman to take thus the head of the tricolor Olympic movement. Did this parameter prove to be essential in the final choice? The president of the French Football Federation Noël Le Graët, one of his most fervent supporters, on the contrary liked to point out the opposite: “It’s not easy for a woman to get to this job”, he commented, praising his essential qualities, “Work and intelligence”.

A victory dedicated to all women

Brigitte Henriques in any case hurried to dedicate her victory to all women ” to whom I mean that we must dare to apply, and access positions of responsibility, “we can do it” “. True, with only 14 women presidents in the 108 sports federations of the CNOSF, diversity is still far from reigning in the world of sports leaders. We still have to work together, and Brigitte Henriques knows something about it.

Finding her place, clinging to her passion, this is the story of her sporting life when she decided, at the age of 12, to put on crampons. Until then, she was hitting the leather with her five brothers, but she very quickly liked to go further by joining the Poissy club, one of the pioneering clubs of women’s football in the 1980s. At the time, they were not not many in the field, and his parents are not particularly happy. But Brigitte, yes. Football, she loves, like the atmosphere with the girlfriends. She therefore pursued her at Juvisy, the flagship club of the D1 at the time. Brigitte Henriques will be three times champion of France (1994, 1996 and 1997) in these times when wages are leveling off.

In the United States, she discovers the importance of women’s “soccer”, and understands that France is well behind. In fact, when she also wears the blue jersey (from 1988 to 1997), she wins peasants. Even if the essential is not there, it is a bit annoying. So when, after having coached for a few years, she was offered by Noël Le Graet the post of general secretary of the FFF, in charge of the development of women’s football, she did not miss the boat. The plan to feminize football launched in 2012, she will be the absolute champion. In his own way, with determination, but without rushing things.

Take your time to do well

To those who regret the slowness of progress, she often repeats the figures: in ten years, the graduates went from 50,000 to over 200,000, and the leaders from 25,000 to 37,000. She also defends the structuring of the elite. , even if some are worried about too slow a professionalization. Brigitte Henriques remains faithful to her manners: taking her time to do well.

She should apply the formula at the head of the CNOSF, even if she is aware that one should not dawdle too much either because an essential appointment is looming: the Games in Paris in 2024. In the 121 proposals that made up its program , included in particular the request to the government for a solidarity fund over the period 2022-2024 to allow the federations to gradually return to their pre-pandemic situation.

Making one’s voice heard will be one of the major objectives of his term of office. Because the Olympic movement as a whole suffers today from a lack of support more than felt, the health crisis accentuating the feeling that sport is hardly considered essential. Gone are the days when the spirited Nelson Paillou, enthusiastic president of the CNOSF from 1982 to 1993, dreamed of making the voices of millions of sportsmen in France heard very loudly to influence the government. Brigitte Henriques knows that on this front too, the expectations are numerous, the illusions much lower. Carry and convince the skeptics, she knows how to do it. The ball is in his court.

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Vagabond Crew, craftsman of breakdance soon at the 2024 Olympics



Dance. On the tiled floor of shopping centers. On the asphalt of the street. On the town squares. Vagabond Crew, a French breakdance company with multiple international titles, did not wait for access to waxed floors to become world champion. Created in 2000 at the instigation of Mohamed Belarbi, Vagabond Crew, the aptly named, has largely contributed over the past twenty years to the democratization of breakdance in France, a discipline resulting from hip-hop, imported from the United States in 1982.

→ READ. 2024 Olympics: breakdance will take its first Olympic steps in Paris

“We had nothing, apart from our values”, says Mohammed Zerrouk, president and trainer of the company. “The teams from other countries had the means, we were furious”, testifies Mounir Biba, emblematic member of the Vagabond Crew, twelve world titles won by training in station halls. After twenty years of resourcefulness and several generations of dancers, the sweat has borne fruit: breakdance will make its debut at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, and with it, finally, the recognition of the status of athlete for these dancers.

Athletes and artists

“I have always felt athletic. But I didn’t put that word in it, says Mounir Biba, now French Ambassador for the promotion of the discipline at the Olympic Games. We have gradually increased our physical preparation by training day and night in Mohamed Belarbi’s cellar ”.

Skipping ropes, weight training, jogging, medical follow-up have gradually punctuated the daily life of the dancers. In 2002, the company received the world title for best show at the Battle of The Year (BOTY) in Montpellier, the discipline’s flagship competition. Then, in 2004, new members joined the company and took off, in 2006, to a double world victory for the best “battle” and the best show.

→ INVESTIGATION. Olympic Games: the waltz-hesitation of breakdancers

With the next generation, in 2011 and 2012, Vagabond Crew achieved the feat of snatching this double title two years in a row. The team was no longer counting its hours, drowned in relentless training, in order to put on a show combining acrobatic figures, precise choreography, flawless synchronicity of the dancers. Certain perilous combinations have also become legendary, such as the “Burj Khalifa”, where one of the dancers is launched by his teammates more than three meters above the ground, a nod to the high tower located in Dubai.

If the competition has punctuated the evolution of the team, the artistic side of breakdance has never been put aside. This dual skill has become the hallmark of the Vagabonds who intend to enforce it during the Olympic Games. “The breaking nis not wholereally a sport and should not become so ”, defends Mounir Biba. The show Alien, created by Mohamed Belarbi in 2006 has notably contributed to the notoriety of the group and has helped to impose breakdance as a choreographic discipline in its own right.

“For our members, these two sides, artistic and athletic, nourish each other”, explains Mohammed Zerrouk. Thus, at Vagabond, a dancer is not just a performer. Olympic or not, he remains an artist.

The Games as a springboard

The arrival of breakdance at the Olympic Games will mark a turning point in the discipline. While in other countries, such as South Korea or Japan, “breakdancers” are very popular, in France, dancers are not yet stars. However, the place of hip-hop remains in France more important than elsewhere.

→ ANALYSIS. The Paris 2024 Games make their urban revolution

“This is where there are the most competitions and practitioners in the world, assures Mounir Biba. It is necessarily the most relevant country owhere bring breakdance into the Olympics. “ If we do not know the exact number of practitioners in view of the large number of self-taught people in this discipline, now under the leadership of the French Federation of Dance, “We must take advantage of the Games to better structure practice”, underlines the ambassador.

In recent years, Vagabond Crew has taken on the challenge of transmission, by bringing and assuming the values ​​of popular education to future generations of dancers. With, among the new faces of the Vagabonds, some beautiful hopes of Olympic champions like Malik Frikah or Kevin Stainq…

While a major project had been studied to establish itself in Montpellier, it was ultimately the City of Asnières-sur-Seine that welcomed the future of the Vagabonds with open arms. So that finally, the red carpet is rolled out to those who have represented, in the shadows for twenty years, the colors of France in all world competitions.

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Rules still unclear

Rules for the 2024 Games are still being worked out. “With the International Federation of Sports Dance and the French Dance Federation, a great reflection is underway on the refereeing body and on the selection circuit”, explains Abdel Mustapha, national trainer and coordinator within the French Dance Federation. At the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, where breakdancing made its debut in 2018, the jury had a system of criteria to fill out on a tablet. In 2024, the competition will see 16 women and 16 men face off against one another, according to the parity required by the International Olympic Committee.

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



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.

→ REPORT. “Earthen pot against iron pot”, the gardeners of Aubervilliers rebel

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.

→ READ. Olympic Games: the financial puzzle of Paris 2024

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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