World Cup in Qatar: from Strasbourg to Paris, these cities which refuse to broadcast the World Cup


World Cup in Qatar: from Strasbourg to Paris, these cities which refuse to broadcast the World Cup
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Cities, spearheading the boycott of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. More than a month before the start of the competition, organized from November 20 to December 18 in the emirate, the list of municipalities refusing to publicly broadcast the matches continues to grow. Eleven municipalities have already acknowledged the absence of a giant screen and a fan zone, regardless of the route of the French team for some: Paris, Strasbourg, Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nancy, Reims, Rennes, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand and Rodez.

“For us, there was no question of installing match broadcast areas for several reasons: the first is the conditions for organizing this World Cup, both in terms of the environment and the social aspect; the second is the temporality, the fact that it takes place in December”confirmed Monday to Agence France-Presse (AFP) the assistant in charge of sport in Paris, the former international rugby player Pierre Rabadan.

The same day, Olivier Bianchi, the socialist mayor of Clermont-Ferrand, assured on Twitter that he ” not’[avait] never been questioned” that any fan-zone be installed in the prefecture of Puy-de-Dôme, where 40,000 people had gathered in Place de Jaude, on July 15, 2018, for the final of the last World Cup.

The reasons put forward relate first to the social and environmental conditions of the organization of the event. The construction or renovation of eight stadiums in record time in an area no larger than the Gironde mobilized hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, mainly from Asia and victims of much mistreatment.

Dozens of deaths on construction sites

While the official death toll is only three, the International Labor Organization (ILO) reported in a report that fifty workers lost their lives as a result of workplace accidents in Qatar in 2020 and five hundred seriously injured. An underestimated figure due to shortcomings in the census of accidents. A survey published in February 2021 by the British daily The Guardian counted nearly 6,500 construction victims (stadiums, roads, hotels, etc.), from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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Ecology is also among the other grievances in support of the boycott – the pinnacle being the installation of giant air conditioners in the compounds erected in the middle of the desert.

Some elected officials also say they anticipate the energy cost of installing giant screens in public spaces, in the middle of winter and at a time when the French are encouraged to reduce their gas and electricity consumption as much as possible, to limit risk of shortages following the war in Ukraine.

Initiated in France by Strasbourg on September 26, in the wake of similar decisions taken by several large municipalities in Belgium, the protest movement could continue to snowball in France.

Nice and Cannes await the results of the Blues

Conversely, two major cities, Nice and Cannes, distanced themselves from the chain boycotts, and deferred their decision… to the course of the France team. “I suggest you ask me again if France is in the final or in the semi-final”replied Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, ex-Les Républicains now rallied to Emmanuel Macron.

Same line for its Cannes neighbor, who will decide whether or not to install a giant screen ” depending on the results “ of the band of Didier Deschamps. The two municipalities therefore assume not to cover this World Cup differently from previous ones: in 2018, on the occasion of the World Cup in Russia, they only broadcast the victorious semi-final of the French team (1-0 against Belgium) and the final won against Croatia (4-2).

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