Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille... these cities that will boycott the World Cup in Qatar

Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille… these cities that will boycott the World Cup in Qatar

As the Qatar 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18) fast approaches, more and more cities, not least, are announcing that they will boycott the event by not showing any matches on big screens. From Lille to Bordeaux, a tour of the France of these cities that refuse to support the controversial competition.


Guest on Sunday at Bartoli Time, in RMC, Pierre Humic, environmentalist mayor of Bordeaux, confirmed that his city will not install a giant screen during the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18). The elected representative of Europe Ecology The Greens will formalize his election at the next town hall, scheduled for Tuesday. “The mayors are today concerned about this giant screen transmission in our cities. And it is our role to say that we do not want to be complicit in this energy mismanagement,” he added. However, bars and restaurants must broadcast the competition throughout the city. “I am not the director of conscience of the people of Bordeaux, tempers Pierre Humic. Everyone reacts as they want. And far from me imposing my point of view on anyone. I am very respectful of individual freedoms.”

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There is also no giant screen in Lille. The decision was adopted during the night from Friday to Saturday by the city council. The mayor, Martine Aubry, believes that the World Cup in Qatar is “nonsense when it comes to human rights, the environment and sport.” Nor will the city put on “the colors of an event that we refuse to support,” said the deputy mayor, Arnaud Deslandes. “I questioned the Metropolis that is in that position”, also affirmed Martine Aubry. Still in the North, a dozen bars will also boycott the World Cup. In the municipality of Marcq-en-Baroeul, O’Muligan’s bar will not broadcast any matches. For Justine Chambrillon, director of this establishment that had welcomed up to 800 clients in 2018, it is “an aberration to rejoice at a sporting event that has caused thousands of deaths, that violates human rights, that has a completely disastrous ecological impact”. “


In the city of Marseille there is no talk of a boycott but there will be no giant screen before the final, and only if the French team qualifies. The council specifies that it will be too cold and that it wants to leave the primacy to restaurants and cafes. In addition, two Marseilles, Benoît Magro and Agnès Olive, created the collective “Marseille boycotts Qatar”. Disgusted by the ecological, human and social aberrations in Qatar, they say that “a football city like Marseille turning its back on the World Cup would make a lot of sense.” And propose, quoted by La Provence: “We could imagine festive picnics on the beach or gatherings in bars or restaurants that would also refuse to broadcast the games. A new world compared to this old world of money and the crushing of human beings and the planet”.


The environmentalist mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian, indicated during the last town hall, last Monday, that “there are no public projections on the World Cup.” “The city of Strasbourg will not broadcast the 2022 World Cup organized by Qatar. It is impossible for us not to hear the many alerts from NGOs denouncing the abuse and exploitation of migrant workers. Strasbourg, European capital, seat of the European Court of Human Rights, cannot decently support this mistreatment”, he had declared to France 3 Alsace.

And also Rodez, Villeurbanne, Bourg-en-Bresse…

In Rodez, Mayor Christian Teyssèdre (close to LREM), questioned by a member of the elected opposition during a municipal council held on Friday night, stated that “there will be no giant screens” in his city. “I do not support the organization of this competition in this country. Football is about money and the city of Rodez is not going to get involved in that,” he added. Same story at Château-Thierry. The city of Aine, used to broadcasting the Blues matches at the World Cup, will refrain: “The question arose when we were going to rent equipment for the occasion, said the elected official in France 3 Hauts-de-France. then we wondered if it was worth it. Finally, we unanimously agreed to abandon the project.

The municipalities of Bourg-en-Bresse, Villeurbanne, Vénissieux and Chomérac have also announced that they will give up any operations during the competition. “To date, I have absolutely no plan to organize these events and to organize the facilitation of access to these matches, indicated Cédric Van Styvendael, mayor of Villeurbanne, on BFMTV Lyon. It is simply my position as mayor that tries to look a little into what what is happening and I consider that given these organizational conditions, nothing justifies highlighting this event. Other cities have not yet decided the issue such as Paris, Lyon or Montpellier. In Toulouse, the decision must be made at the end of the month.

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