Emmanuel Macron wants to ensure a good level of preparation in France

Emmanuel Macron presides, Monday, July 25, at the Elysée, an Olympic and Paralympic council to ensure a good level of preparation for the Paris Games, two years from the sporting event.

In the approach of the planetary meeting, which is scheduled from July 26 to August 11, 2024, the Head of State wishes everyone “Measuring the extraordinary importance of what the Olympic and Paralympic Games represent in France through their scope, their audience, their social, cultural, economic effects, especially in the image of the country in the world”, said the Elysée to Reuters. Fourteen ministers participated in this council, as well as the prefects concerned, the interministerial delegate Michel Cadot and the chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tony Estanguet.

After the Court of Auditors expressed concern in a report about the state of preparation for the Paris Olympics, the president “too much pressure” with “to do, within a balanced budget, things that fulfill the ambitions that we jointly set for ourselves”. “We must speed up or in any case continue to maintain the current speed, and anticipate any form of crisis and possible threat”while worried voices were raised after the defeat of security in the final of the Champions League football, at the Stade de France, on May 28.

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“Game budget to save”

On the financial side, the provisional cost of the Games reached 8.3 billion euros, against the 6.8 billion presented in the bid phase. The budget of the Olympic facilities delivery company (Solideo) is approximately 4.3 billion euros in the planned budget for 2024. The Organizing Committee is about 4 billion, financed by private income (ticketing, partnerships, by-products, etc.).

Subsidies from the State and local authorities, which amount to approximately 1.7 billion in total, including inflation, are currently 17 million higher than the forecast, “which confirms the seriousness of the forecasts and the good control of this budget envelope”lined the Elysée.

To correct the differences expected by the authors of the various reports, the authorities hope to activate different levers, such as the search for new partnerships and the reduction of the period of availability of competitive sites, which may lower the fee. for loss of ‘activity. “Game budget to save”assumed the presidency of the Republic.

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17,500 security guards

Regarding the delivery of the venues – 95% of which are existing or temporary – the progress of the work of twenty-five works in progress is in accordance with the agreed program, which essentially provides for the construction of an Olympic village and a water center.

Regarding security, 17,500 agents are needed to transport 800,000 people to the sites every day (200,000 accredited and 600,000 spectators), which requires a training and recruitment program, according to the Elysée . The required manpower, including all needs, is estimated to be between 22,000 and 25,000 security guards per day.

Armies will also be involved: the national navy will participate in nautical events in Marseille and Tahiti and the air force will conduct anti-drone surveillance. The “Sentinel” operation will be strengthened, as well as cybersecurity measures.

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A “popular ticket office” with seats for less than 50 euros

In terms of transportation, the Games should coincide with the extension of metro line 14 towards Saint-Denis-Pleyel in the north, and Orly in the south. A thousand taxis are also available for people with reduced mobility.

In terms of jobs created, the threshold of one million hours of work given to people in the union has been exceeded. Around 1,500 people, 47% of them from Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest and youngest department in France, have benefited so far. the “popular ticket office” implementation plan to provide 50% of tickets for less than 50 euros, some of them at a limited rate of 24 euros.

The Olympic flame, which must cross a large part of France from mid-April to July 26, 2024, will arrive in Paris for the opening ceremony planned in and around the Seine, while the Paralympic Games are scheduled instead of Concord. Regarding security, the expectations of the police headquarters and the Ministry of the Interior for these two shows “We are now fully committed and reject any speculation that a plan B will be needed”Elysée assured.

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The Olympic Committee too unveiled the slogan of the Paris Olympics, Monday. At the end of a short video of one minute and thirty seconds, it is shown as follows: “Let’s open the Games”.

The World with Reuters

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