between indignation and rejection of the boycott, the French political parties were divided

The Lusail Stadium, which will host the FIFA World Cup Final, in Qatar on September 9, 2022.

Impossible not to comment on a sporting event of such political importance. Less than two months after the start of the highly controversial soccer world cup, which will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, is increasing in France the criticism of public figures regarding its organization in the emirate, including in the political field. Summary of the different positions of the parties.

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The left is outraged at an “intolerable spectacle”

Each of the leftist organizations that make up the Ecological and Social Union of the New People (Nupes) is clearly opposed to holding the sports competition in Qatar, for ecological, social and human rights reasons. Thus, in more or less nuanced ways, socialists, environmentalists, communists and “rebels” all call for their boycott.

Europa Ecologie-Les Verts has taken a position on the issue for many yearswhile the attribution of the organization of the event to Qatar dates back to 2010. During the 2021 regional elections, the party leader, Julien Bayou, then a candidate for the Ile-de-France region, had thus repeated the position of the environmentalists . in favor of a boycott of the event.

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La France Insoumise has also tackled the issue head-on. In a release published on Thursday, September 22, the party’s deputies underline their “outrage at the intolerable spectacle of this World Cup” and criticize the “abuse of immigrant workers”, “air-conditioned outdoor parties” to come, just like the “Human rights not respected and LGBTQ+ rights violated” in Qatar. ” It is out of the question for there to be a government representative.” in the place, commented the deputy Alexis Corbière Friday.

During a debate organized in August in the National Assemblythe leader of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, had denounced for his part: “ Under each lawn there is a cemetery, that of these forced workers, that of the universalism of flouted rights. » He justified the socialists’ support for the boycott and added that Qatar I was “world champion in CO2 emissionstwo Per inhabitant ” cast Suspicion hangs over the financing of terrorism by Qatar.

I am on the call [au boycott de l’ancien footballeur] Eric Canton » argued for his part the national secretary of the communist party, Fabien Roussel, on September 14 on Franceinfo. “Because Qatar is a country that still criminalizes homosexuality”, “Because Qatar, for this World Cup, has organized construction works under which there will be thousands of deaths”, plot. The deputy from the north, however, advocated that France find ways to make “pass messages” on the environment and human rights, during the course of the contest, since it will take place no matter what.

Too late to boycott it according to the RN

The National Rally (RN) is located on its side on a ridge line on the subject. Contesting the holding of the competition in Qatar, he claims at the same time that it is too late to boycott it. “ There are certain countries in which we are very observant. [sur la question de droits de l’homme] and then there are others in which we are much less”This is how he criticized Marine Le Pen over France InterTuesday. “Now this decision has been made and I believe that sports must be separated from politics. (…)It would not be, in my opinion, positive to refuse to go there” she added.

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A position supported by the interim president of his party, Jordan Bardella, this Friday morning. on BFMTV : “Now here we go. (…) The truth is that this World Cup should never have been in Qatar; (…) obviously we shouldn’t have gone but then again, that’s what we call facing the fait accompli. »

In Les Républicains, the answer to the boycott question boils down to a “ Nope “said the president of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, on September 7 over France Inter. ” Nope [au boycott], but I think we will also have to think about having a World Cup that is up to the challenges. arising “To the whole world” on the climate issue, he argued.

For the government, the boycott is not on the agenda

To respond to criticism coming mainly from the left, the government prefers to emphasize the fact that the organization of the World Cup in the country of the Arabian Peninsula “it was decided ten years ago”or during the five-year term of Nicolas Sarkozy. “It’s complicated a few weeks from the start [de la compétition] suddenly say: in fact, it should not be done”argued on Friday the spokesman for the Executive, Olivier Véran. in RTL.

The Minister for the Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, made a similar argument to the “Grand Jury” RTL-Le Figaro-LCISeptember 11, adding: “ You have teams that have been preparing for years. This decision was made in another climatic context. It is not a decision that corresponds to the French State (…) and I don’t think the fact [la] boycotting, unfortunately, changes the greenhouse gas emissions of this event. »

If I were the head of state, I wouldn’t go.” For his part, the former President of the Republic, François Hollande, said on the occasion of the Demain le sport festival, on Thursday. But “I can’t ask the footballers (…) not go to a competition for which they have been preparing for years., nor so that the spectators do not see it, he clarified. A position that sums up the French political dilemma on the subject.

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