Where are the sports locations for the presidential election?

The war in Ukraine has monopolized many subjects in France for several weeks. But even before the outbreak of this international crisis, it inevitably suppressed political debate, but in this presidential election, no matter how small the sport was, it couldn’t find a place. It seems.

Computer-generated images of the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics on the Seine.

Computer-generated images of the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics on the Seine.

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“Two years before the Olympics, there was little discussion about the sporting aspect. That’s true, but is it so unusual? Ask Jean-Francois Lamour to the French news agency. Instead, Jacques Chirac’s former sports minister believes that “sports have always been able to find a place.”

“Do French people today tell us that sports are a missing subject in the countryside?” No, “Harris Interactive Institute Director Jean-Daniel Levy said in a reading that contradicts recent BVA polls. Guarantee. In this poll, nearly one-third of French people want sports as the theme of their campaign.

“Apart from the Ukrainian issue, there are few subjects at the heart of national debate today. You might have expected them to be a problem two years after the Olympics, but that’s not the case,” Jean said. -Daniel Lévy continues.

Great verbal ignored

Bridget Henrikes, Chairman of the CNOSF.

Bridget Henrikes, Chairman of the CNOSF.

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In the world of sports, some kind of death is felt. With the exception of controversial themes such as wearing veils at recent official competitions and sharing the achievements and victories of French sportsmen, sport is neither a priority for presidential elections nor a priority for politics in general. It has been observed.

One of the proofs of this lack of “consideration” is the large oral participation of the CNOSF (French Olympic Committee) on March 17th. Of the eight candidates invited by President Bridget Henriques to announce the program, only three were answered by Fabien Roussel (PCF), Janic Jadot (EELV) and Anne Hidalgo (PS). .. Valerie Pécrès (LR), who was originally scheduled to participate, canceled her presence at the last minute. The most suitable candidate to win the election did not travel.

When it comes to programs, the suggestions are more or less broad and vary considerably from candidate to candidate. Marine Le Pen (RN), announced in the latest round of polls against Emmanuel Macron, never included the word “sports” in the program. Conversely, Yannick Jadot, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and, to a lesser extent, Anne Hidalgo are the most developed people in the sporting theme.

Health and education

President Emmanuel Macron during the 50th anniversary match of Variétés Club de France last October.

President Emmanuel Macron during the 50th anniversary match of Variétés Club de France last October.

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Candidates’ proposals regularly focus on two themes: “healthy sports” and the relationship between sports and national education, whether they are actually played at school or the relationship between the sports association and the school. Will be taken up by.

The only sport-related measure in Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s program, announced at the first campaign conference in Poissy in early March, is a compilation of two themes, early in the next school year. In elementary school.

Another subject at the center of the debate is the National Sports Agency (ANS). Created under the government of Emmanuel Macron in 2019, it is equivalent to one-third of the budget allocated to the Ministry of Sports. Its purpose is to develop a high-level policy with a view to practicing sports for everyone, not just the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Some candidates hope that in July 2020, a year after the institution was founded, under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education, the ANS will disappear and a full-fledged Ministry of Sports will be found.

Whichever candidate wins the poll on April 24, it would be amazing if Emmanuel Macron’s goal of 80 medals at the Paris Olympics was achieved.