Emmanuel Macron is enraged that France’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games has been thwarted: ‘I’m not happy.’
EMMANUEL MACRON expressed his disappointment after his preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris were thwarted.
Today is the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and French President Emmanuel Macron is in attendance. After organisers pulled back the typically opulent affair and limited attendance, he is one of only a few international dignitaries in the Japanese capital for the event. Only about 950 people, including US First Lady Jill Biden, who landed in Tokyo on Thursday night, would be in the audience.
Mr. Macron’s visit to Japan will also include meetings with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and a reception with Emperor Naruhito.
France is preparing to host the 2024 Olympics, which could prove to be one of Mr Macron’s lasting legacies.
However, in 2019, the French President expressed grave concerns, admitting that some of Paris’ poorest neighborhoods were failing to enjoy the benefits of the successful bid.
“At the moment, we are not fulfilling the goals we should have for the areas of Paris that are most affected by this major event,” he stated.
“It is apparent that the region, particularly Seine-Saint-Denis, is not receiving a fair return, as it will be the most affected by numerous major new venues.
“So we’re going to work on it because I’m not happy right now.”
The neighborhood of Seine-Saint-Denis, which is afflicted by some of France’s greatest poverty and crime rates, is slated to be at the center of the games.
It is home to the iconic Stade de France, which will undergo a major renovation, as well as a new aquatics center.
Many residents of the Seine-Saint-Denis region were also enraged by Mr Macron’s remarks.
“I believe it’s a bit excessive for the president to come out with this,” Clement Remond, vice president of sports organization FSGT, said. Currently, it is the state that is failing to take care of things.”
Stephane Troussel, the president of Seine-Saint-Denis, was similarly critical of Mr Macron’s remarks.
“The Olympic heritage is a war I’ve been fighting for months… to try to push the state to do more,” he said.
“Better late than never,” I tell him (Macron).
Former Olympic canoeing champion Tony Estanguet. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”