Rowing: Claire Bové and Laura Tarantola, gold in Paris at the end of the line

“Before, we were fighting for a podium and finishing fourth or fifth. Now we are aiming for first place. » Laura Tarantola, like her teammate Claire Bové, assumes this change of status with complete serenity, when it comes to leading the tricolor delegation to the European Rowing Championships, which take place until Sunday August 14 in Munich.

A year has passed since their historic silver medal in Tokyo, the first for a French female crew since 1996. But the image remains of a mad race concluded at the photo-finish, the final verdict releasing strong emotions. “A euphoria that every time you think about it, goes up”, summarizes Claire Bové. A rare happiness, which the tandem of the lightweight double scull promises above all to relive in 2024 in Paris. Because they feel stronger, more united, and their experience is not for nothing in their determination to conquer gold.

An obstacle course

It is true that they have known, ups and downs, the two young rowers, to get there. After the Rio Games, Claire and Laura (now 24 and 28 years old) threw themselves into the next Olympiad, performing well from the start. And probably too enthusiastic. In 2018, the overtraining syndrome catches up with Claire Bové, forced to disembark for several months to recharge her batteries. Laura Tarantola could in turn be brooding, but the French Rowing Federation offers her a personal challenge: the individual world championships.

It’s new to her, but she’s giving it a try. And wins the planetary title in lightweight single sculls. This unexpected success inflates the morale of the champion. When the pair are on the attack again, in 2019, the two are overflowing with envy. The qualification in Tokyo acquired, the pandemic again comes to break the momentum. The relaunched machine is a backache at the start of 2021 which handicaps Laura this time. Two months without rowing a stone’s throw from the Games. It starts again, but the Covid falls on Claire.

“We got through all of this together, making great progress in communication, says Claire Bové. At the beginning, we were teammates without really hooked atoms. Today we are true friends. » Both have learned a lot from this extended Olympiad. “The path is not always clear, but we now know, for the two years remaining before Paris, that we will always have solutions, Judge Laura Tarantola. When we resumed last January, it was catastrophic. But we were there for each other. Our tandem goes far beyond the simple sports association. »

Pleasure above all

The two medalists took advantage of the post-Olympic period and the whirlwind of solicitations. Summary by Laura Tarantola: “We played the game thoroughly. » So as not to regret anything, and not to miss the opportunity to finally talk about their discipline – too rarely on the front of the media scene. Claire Bové even had the surprise of becoming the muse of the famous jeweler Mauboussin. The tandem was also able to land a sponsor. “The medal opens doors, but contracts do not fall from the sky, shade Claire Bove. You have to scratch at doors and persist. » Make the medal bear fruit, “I thought it would still be easier”, lets go of his teammate.

It’s said without too much frustration, but with a hint of regret for the low return on investment. Whatever. The gold, they will seek it in Paris, in 2024. How to be even better? Laura: “By having more fun, our common engine: faster gliding, the quest for the perfect gesture and technique against our rivals who rely more on power. » There is a certain aestheticism in this research. Clear : “It’s all in the details in our category, where we all stick to a pocket square. But, this time, we also have our experience. We have grown in mind and in heart. »

They also have an additional motivation. The weight categories will disappear after Paris 2024. Suffice to say that their size (less than 57 kg required) will hardly be seen in the boats. All the more reason to end on a high note.



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.



The 2024 Paris Olympics presents the “Cultural Olympiad”

“This is a unique opportunity to show the best of France. » Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, presents the next Olympic Games as an opportunity to marry the best of sport with the best of culture. For this 33rd edition, the organizers have created the “Cultural Olympiad”, a program of activities exploring the links between sport and culture from summer 2022 until September 2024.

This programming is based in particular on collaboration between artistic establishments and sports disciplines. As such, several emblematic places are associated with the famous events of the Olympic Games: the ephemeral Grand Palais hosts judo, archery takes place at the Invalides, horse riding at the Palace of Versailles, or even beach volleyball. at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Making sport and culture shine

The “Cultural Olympiad” explains that it is based on a demanding coherence of artistic and sporting proposals. In total, there are more than 346 projects present in more than 334 cities, including more than a hundred events for the capital alone, with a traveling puzzle game bringing together four national museums (Orsay, the Louvre, the Center Pompidou and the Musée du Quai-Branly) but also the preparation of an artistic performance by the XY company, choreographed by Rachid Ouramdane, at the Théâtre de Chaillot.

This selection also extends to other cities: Seine-Saint-Denis relies on eight cultural structures to bring sport to life internationally, such as the National Dance Center in Pantin or the New Theater in Montreuil. In Saint-Cloud, a major popular concert is announced representing the five continents of the music scene, with the support of the Rock en Seine festival.

In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Philharmonie de Paris is relocating to bring together musicians from Seine-Saint-Denis and Marseille for a concert unique in France. Many free events will also be organized, particularly in less favored regions of France in terms of cultural facilities. According to the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, this universalist and aesthetic approach to sport meets three objectives: “surprise, move and unite. »



Champions League in Paris: ominous incidents before the Olympics?

“I just had one of the worst experiences of my life. Terrible security and organization, putting lives at risk. » Like thousands of British supporters, Liverpool MP Ian Byrne did not mince his words on the evening of Saturday May 28, after entering the Stade de France for the Champions League final between the club from this city. British at Real Madrid. Rarely, the kick-off was given 36 minutes late and some of the supporters missed a whole half. But what happened?

Gérald Darmanin, the Paris police headquarters and UEFA point the finger at the responsibility for “thousands” holders of counterfeit tickets who would have blocked access to the stadium at the level of the turnstiles, before people managed to climb the gates to enter its enclosure. “Colleagues say they have never seen this. They received bursts of supporters who tried to force their way through. There were plenty of staff, but they were overwhelmed. The time to wait for reinforcements and to be able to repel people, it was necessary to calm the anger, “ says Josias Claude, representative of the SGP-Police unit union in Paris.

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The police used tear gas to disperse the crowds. Images that moved abroad and which the opposition quickly seized in France. In total, the Ministry of the Interior counts 105 arrests. More than 200 minor injuries were counted by firefighters throughout the evening. The Paris police chief, Didier Lallement, has decided to take legal action for a “massive counterfeit fraud”.

Dangerous bottlenecks according to supporters

The authorities’ version did not convince the supporters, who described long waits outside the stadium and dangerous bottlenecks where the crowd massed, resulting in a cacophony. “The supporters are not responsible for this fiasco”, defends the association Football Supporters Europe. Merseyside-Liverpool Police, whose officers were present, certified on Sunday May 29 that “the vast majority of fans behaved in an exemplary manner and arrived early”. The Liverpool club is asking for an investigation. The audit announced by UEFA should shed light on the events.

A police source and a Spanish supporter speak, in addition, of snatching in large numbers around the stadium, especially at the end of the match. They describe a largely unsuitable police system. The match was originally scheduled to be played in Russia, but was relocated in late February as a sanction against the invasion in Ukraine. The organizers and the authorities therefore only had three months to think about the device, against more than a year and a half in normal times.

Bad image for France which hosts the Olympics in 2024

With the approach of the Rugby World Cup, spread over nine stadiums at the start of the 2023 school year, then the Olympic Games in Paris, in two years, this is an event that goes badly. Especially since the Ministry of the Interior said, three days earlier, that it was particularly concerned about the image of France during these international meetings. The new Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castera, must manage her first crisis, and brings together this Monday, May 30 in the morning the organizers of the Champions League final, the police and the local authorities to “learn lessons” and “defining very precisely the dysfunctions”.

On Twitter, MEP Nathalie Loiseau, former Minister for European Affairs under the last five-year term, sees it as proof that “we are not ready for the Olympic Games”. While the socialist senator from the North Patrick Kanner judges France “capable of managing security and crowd movements”. On condition, he declares to The cross, “that the government understands that what happened is not anecdotal”.

“The image of France has been tarnished”, continues the senator who was minister responsible for sports during the Euro 2016 football championship, whose framework, designed in a post-attack context, had not fueled the trials in unpreparedness. Incidents had certainly broken out in the streets of Marseille, but linked “structural hooliganism” Russian and English supporters. The Minister had moreover obtained the attribution of the Rugby World Cup in an unexpected way, thanks to the “French safety record”.

“As for rugby, the public who will attend the Olympics will not be the same as that of Saturday”, sweeps aside François Cormier-Bouligeon, LREM deputy for Cher. The president of the study group dedicated to sport at the Assembly specifies that the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games has been working on it since 2017.


No incidents in the fan-zones

Of the 70,000 Britons expected in the capital, Only 20,000 had been able to obtain their ticket for the Stade de France. UEFA allocates quotas to the two finalists and reserves a third of the 75,000 seats for its commercial partners and broadcasters, in particular.

To watch the game on a giant screen, the English supporters without tickets therefore partly massed in a fan-zone of 12e district of Paris, where the authorities did not count any incidents, but where the ground was strewn with abandoned rubbish.

people from Madrid, less numerous, were welcomed in a fan-zone in Saint-Denis.



Football: in Paris, an English wave for the Champions League final

The Parisians have already begun to see them arrive under their windows, the day before the match. Tens of thousands of Real Madrid and Liverpool FC supporters are expected in the capital to attend, on Saturday May 28 from 9 p.m., the final of the Football Champions League, opposing the Spanish club to their English adversary at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis. While the Ministry of the Interior fears overflows, “6,800 police and soldiers are mobilized”, according to the police headquarters.

Law enforcement will be engaged on two fronts. On the one hand, they will have to accompany the flow of these men and women who have come to encourage their team in the sports arena, each camp having been entitled to 20,000 places in the stands which can hold 80,000 people. On the other, the security services will supervise the crowd of supporters without tickets, mainly English. And many of them will proudly wear the red jersey of the most popular club in the country.

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According to the Ministry of the Interior, there could be 40,000 in this case, motivated by the hope of buying sesame on the black market or, above all, of spending a good evening in France following the match on a screen, a beer in hand. This massive displacement does not surprise sociologist John Williams, professor at the University of Leicester. ” I’m part oflaughs this academic, football specialist, who is also a supporter of Liverpool. If you have a ticket, I’m interested. »

“It’s a real cultural fact”

Seen from France, this type of behavior may surprise. Not England, let alone Liverpool. “It’s a real cultural fact,linked to the very long history of English football and the stability of the clubs, notes sociologist Patrick Mignon, who hosts his colleague. We move, we travel, it’s an experience. It is transmitted from generation to generation and it is not only young people. You also have fathers and sixties like John. But it’s not just for Brits. We also see this phenomenon in the Netherlands and Germany. »

Like his compatriots without tickets, John Williams will go to the “fan-zone”, a space specially designed for Liverpool supporters in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Surrounded by a “protection perimeter”, the venues have been designed to accommodate up to 44,000 people, with entertainment and a giant screen. They will be open from the beginning of the afternoon. “It will be possible to eat and drink”, specifies the prefecture.

“UEFA does not give enough tickets to fans”

Similarly, Scottish supporters of Glasgow Rangers and German Eintracht Frankfurt had surged towards Seville during the recent Europa League final. “It’s another way of experiencing the final, notes the English sociologist. You can experience being abroad among the fans, enjoying the atmosphere before the game and celebrating the success of the club. Even being there in Paris is more exciting than watching the match at home. It is also a way of protesting against UEFA, which does not give enough tickets to fans…”

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He also fears more attempts to break into the stadium than fights in the streets. ‘Liverpool fans don’t have a reputation for being hooligans’ he recalls. Scarred by the tragedies of Heysel (39 dead in 1985) and Hillsborough (97 dead in 1989), the club has paid dearly for the violence of part of its public in the past. Since then, as in the rest of England, a mixture of repression and consultation, added to the increase in ticket prices, has restored calm. “There has been a lot of work done, with a desire to transform the image of the city and the supporters”, continues Patrick Mignon.

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Real Madrid supporters are invited to go to a more modest fan zone, which will be able to accommodate 6,000 of them, in Saint-Denis. But the area around the Champs-Élysées will be closed to fans of both teams until Sunday May 29 at 6 p.m. The sale and consumption of alcohol will also be prohibited near the Stade de France. But not inside.



Idrissa Gueye, the case that embarrasses Paris-Saint-Germain

It is certainly the absence that has been most noticed. More than that of Neymar or Presnel Kimpembe, both suspended… During his last Ligue 1 outing, Saturday May 14, in Montpellier (4-0 victory), Paris-Saint-Germain was deprived of Idrissa Gueye. The Senegalese footballer, regularly used this season in midfield, was however neither injured nor dismissed from the workforce due to poor sportsmanship.

First registered on the list of 22 summoned for the meeting, the player is suspected of having refused to put on the jersey of the champions of France flocked, like that of all the other teams, in the rainbow colors of the LGBT cause, during this penultimate day of the championship dedicated to the fight against homophobia in football.

If Idrissa Gueye did not publicly specify the cause of his presence in the stands rather than on the lawn, it would be ” personal reasons “, according to his coach Mauricio Pochettino, at a press conference. A source close to the locker room, quoted by Agence France-Presse, explains it by “an individual choice of the player”, motivated, adds The Parisianby “religious beliefs”. The player had already withdrawn from the event last season, diminished, according to the club, by gastroenteritis.

Support from President Macky Sall

In Senegal, a country where a majority of the population claims to be Muslim, like Idrissa Gueye, homosexuality is still punishable by imprisonment for one to five years. In the name of respect for ” her values […]its principles […] who make senegality »support for the player has flourished there since the beginning of the week, from the Senegalese football federation to a message on Tuesday on Twitter from President Macky Sall.

However, among the nine other titled players with Senegal during the last African Nations Championship to evolve in Ligue 1 as in Ligue 2, associated with the event, eight were present on the French pitches, Saturday May 14, and the ninth, Abdou Diallo (PSG) returned from injury.

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In France, a letter from the National Ethics Council of the French Football Federation, revealed by the newspaper The Teamsummoning the player to clarify the reasons for his absence was added, on Wednesday, to repeated criticism by associations for the defense of LGBT rights. “By refusing to participate in this collective operation, you are in fact validating discriminatory behavior, the refusal of the other, and not only against the LGBTQI+ community”, indicated the letter of the board, which otherwise has no power of sanction.

“Duty to set an example”

Political figures took over the debate. Valérie Pécresse, the president of the Île-de-France region and ex-candidate in the presidential election, explains on Twitter that “The players of a football club, and those of PSG in particular, are figures of identification for our young people [et] have a duty to set an example”.

The Minister Delegate for Sports Roxana Maracineanu spoke ” personally “ to judge “regrettable” the absence of the player, in an interview granted to the Parisian, Monday. She preferred “focus on the positive side of the initiative” led by the Professional Football League, which for the past two seasons has been associated with World Day Against Homophobia.

For the time being, the PSG has not risked any statement on the case itself, reaffirming its commitment against homophobia. Sanctions, from a simple call to order to a warning, through the removal of the player’s ethics bonus, should not, however, lead to a breach of his contract.



First UFC fight in Paris, the conclusion of a long struggle for MMA

Just over two years after the discipline was legalized in France, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the world’s main MMA organization (for mixed martial arts, or mixed Marian arts), arrives in Paris. The first fights will be held on September 3 at the Accor Arena, the UFC announced on Thursday (May 19). “Tonight will be an epic and incredible moment that will go down in history for athletes and fans alike,” enthuses Dana White, the organization’s president.

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“The debut of the UFC in France marks the culmination of a decade of efforts to obtain the official recognition of MMA by the authorities”, thus rejoices the UFC. “In the coming months, the UFC will continue to work closely with the French Boxing Federation and the French Mixed Martial Arts Federation to promote the positive impact of MMA as a sport,” adds the organization.

Long considered violent and dangerous, MMA has indeed had to fight to obtain its legalization in France, where it has long suffered from a bad reputation. Officially launched in 1993 in the United States, MMA is an extreme combat sport where almost all blows are allowed: arm lock, strangulation, kick, punch, knee or elbow.

A sport banned by the authorities

In 2006, the Minister of Sports Jean-François Lamour confirmed the ban on this discipline, which was nevertheless becoming more democratic in Europe and Japan. To do this, it relied on a recommendation from the Council of Europe in 1999 which indicates that “violence and barbaric and savage acts committed in the name of sport have no social value in a civilized society which respects human rights ».

The same year, the Superior council of audio-visual puts its veto with the diffusion of the sporting events of “free fight” (free fight), estimating that the confrontations are “likely to seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of minors”.

In 2008, the legislation became somewhat more flexible. MMA is partially recognized in France. Practitioners of the discipline, numbering almost 50,000 today, are authorized to train and participate in amateur fights. However, blows on the ground remain prohibited, which encourages athletes to practice alternative disciplines or to go to competitions abroad.


Faced with the popularization of this combat sport, especially on video platforms, sports ministers are passing on a file that looks like a poisoned gift. MMA is also frowned upon by some federations, notably judo, whose president in 2015 compared the discipline to “a refuge for jihadists” and to “an invention for doing business” without “educational aspect”.

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In 2016, Secretary of State Thierry Braillard, who described MMA as“attack on human dignity”, takes an order de facto banishing discipline by prohibiting blows on the ground and the use of the cage which serves as a ring for the UFC. A parliamentary report published the same year pleaded in favor of greater openness for this sport in full expansion, in particular with the objective of improving the safety of the fighters.

It is from 2017 and the arrival at the Ministry of Sports of Roxana Maracineanu that MMA obtains its letters of nobility in France, almost thirty years after its creation. Legalized in 2020 and placed under the leadership of the French Boxing Federation, this form of combat is once again broadcast on television. The UFC claims 3.8 million fans in France, making it “the second most important country in Europe on social networks” for the organization.



Paris 2024: before the Olympics, sport as a tool for social innovation

Suspended nearly 15m high, Ibrahim displays a bright smile. He didn’t hesitate for a second, tackled the climbing wall without trembling and, having reached the top of the wall, took advantage of the view without the slightest dizziness. The descent, well wedged in his harness, is obviously too fast, but he must leave room for his comrades.

They are six students from the Sylvain-Dauriac primary school in Bagatelle, a popular district of Toulouse, to do their range in the discipline, this Wednesday afternoon, at the Quéfets gymnasium in Tournefeuille, in the suburbs of the Pink City. But it is already a small revolution, possible thanks to Paris 2024.

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The project in which these kids are taking part is part of the “Impact 2024” program which, for the past two years, has been supporting initiatives carried out by multiple players, athletes and institutions. An endowment fund has been created for this purpose. In 2021, 4.9 million euros had been spent on 224 projects. They will be around 250 this year to share an envelope of 5.8 million euros.

“With our brand, we bring visibility to projects that must show how sport can change lives, underlines Damien Combredet-Blassel, Sport & Society Manager at Paris 2024. We also want them to help get the different players used to working together and that such good practices will take hold beyond the Games if possible. »

“Broadening Horizons”

Endowed with €42,000, the Occitanie league project of the French Mountain and Climbing Federation carries this ambition. “It starts from a desire to introduce young people from the neighborhoods to our discipline, far removed from their concerns, to broaden their horizons by taking them to the mountains”, exposes Anne Geernaert, the director of the regional FFME league.

Initially, the desire was to associate schools from two priority neighborhoods of city policy (QPV), Bagatelle in Toulouse and Laubadère in Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées), and to allow regular exchanges on sites offering the access to the many joys of the mountains (hiking, climbing, via ferrata, etc.).

But the realization testifies to the difficulties encountered in this kind of project. “We had misjudged the resistance to the health pass in the neighborhoods, and we were therefore unable to launch the operation in the fall of 2021 with middle school students, because they could not have access to the gymnasiums”, illustrates Anne Geernaert.

At the end of winter, after an initiation on a mobile climbing block at the college which had some success, more than a hundred students showed interest. But when planning a trip to Tournefeuille’s world-class climbing wall, “We fell during Ramadan and only two students showed up, also tells Ethel Barnabé, former CPE of the college and seasoned climber at the origin of the project. We therefore turned to the CM1-CM2 of the elementary school who took advantage of the windfall! “.

“Encouraging perseverance, the main challenge”

On the side of Tarbes, it is the inauguration deferred for six months of a new climbing wall which has also postponed the project. Its promoters are in the starting blocks to really bring it to life from the start of the next school year. “It’s a long job to attract young people, also convince parents to trust us, recalls Ethel Barnabé. On our territories, it takes a lot of energy to register an activity in the long term. Encouraging perseverance is our main challenge. »

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In Tarbes, Marlène Margui, relay of the project and member of the Roc & Pyrène club, wants to add another dimension to the affair: to convince, in addition to young people, certain mothers. “To form a group of women and ultimately succeed in a common challenge on an ascent in the summer of 2023, explains the host, who also works on city policy. There are many obstacles to overcome, in particular the cultural weight which does not facilitate access to sport for women in these neighborhoods, but I want to believe in it. And I hope to demonstrate with this pilot project that it is possible, and to inspire other clubs. » Experimenting and then expanding, such is the challenge for Paris 2024.


Doing better around disability

With its Impact program, Paris 2024 also hopes to provoke a “interesting leverage effect”says its manager, Damien Combredet-Blassel: “When we invest €1, it enables us to raise €3 from other partners. » Since 2020, Paris 2024 has had 700,000 beneficiaries of its program. An effort to continue, and to accentuate for projects of access to sports practice for the disabled, “currently our area of ​​weakness”recognizes the delegate general. “Projects around disability require a lot of time, skills and specific equipment, which explains the difficulty in bringing them to light, tip Apolline Vedrenne, Paralympic referent in Occitania. But Paris 2024 should put a particular focus on disabled sport next year. »



Electric vehicles: the most welcoming European cities

RANKS – The Uswitch energy comparator ranks cities according to their charging infrastructure. Paris is a red lantern.

All that for this. For years, the mayor of Paris has been defending, with a lot of speeches and publicity, the promotion of the electric car. A lure that would be more of a political strategy than a real ecological conscience. How else to explain that according to the latest ranking established by the energy comparator Uswitch, Paris fails in the penultimate position of European cities in terms of quality of infrastructure. We know, however, that the network, the accessibility and the charging power delivered by the terminals are obstacles to the development of electromobility.

The ranking was established by compiling four items: the average price of electricity, the average distance between chargers, the average charging power and the percentage of free charging points. Compiling the data allows Uswitch to deliver a score out of 10.

With a score of 7.94, Reykjavik tops this ranking. While the price per kWh does not exceed €0.29, owners of electric vehicles can find a terminal every 550 meters on average. The capital of Iceland is ahead of Glasgow. The English city charges €0.32 per kWh but is ahead of Reykavik in terms of free charging points with a score of 92% compared to 65% in Iceland. Lisbon climbs to the third step of the podium with a score of 7.31 ahead of Budapest (7.14).

At the other end of the ranking, Liverpool brings up the rear with a score of 4.89 which is explained by only 38% of free charging points, a kWh billed at €0.38 and terminals installed on average every 2, 35km. Paris fails in the penultimate place. It is in the French capital that the price per kWh is the highest: €0.54. If Paris can flatter itself with a charging power of 54 kW, the number of free charging points is only 14% and the average distance between the terminals does not exceed 2.14 km. Vienna is also on the podium of the least welcoming cities for electric vehicles. This gives the magnitude of the efforts to be made to encourage the development of the electric car.