It is impossible for them not to comment on a sporting event of this political magnitude. Less than two months before the kick-off of the controversial football World Cup, which will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, criticism from personalities is increasing in France about its organization in the emirate, including politically. view. Overview of party positions.
The left is outraged by an “unbearable sight”
Each of the left-wing organizations that are members of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) clearly opposes the holding of the sports competition in Qatar, for ecological, social and human rights reasons. So, in more or less nuanced forms, socialists, ecologists, communists and “rebels” all called for a boycott.
Europe Ecologe-Les Verts has a position on the issue for several years, while the recognition of the organization of the movement to Qatar began in 2010. During the regional elections of 2021, the leader of the party, Julien Bayou , then one candidate for the Ile-de-France region, thus repeating the position of the environmentalists in favor of a boycott of the event.
La France insoumise also addressed the issue. In a press release published Thursday, September 22, party representatives expressed their “anger at the unbearable spectacle of this World Cup” and criticism of “mistreatment of immigrant workers”, the stages “Open-air air-conditioned”they “Human rights are not respected in the country and [les] LGBTQ+ rights are violated ». ” There is no question that there is any representative of the government” immediately, commented MP Alexis CorbièreFriday.
During a debate organized last August in the National Assembly, the first secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, criticized: “ Under every lawn, there is a cemetery, that of forced laborers, that of the universalism of denied rights. » He justified the socialists’ support of the boycott by saying that Qatar is “world champion in CO2 emissions2 every citizen” and that ” skepticism [pesaient] to finance terrorism” through Qatar.
“I saw myself on the call [au boycott de l’ancien footballeur] Eric Cantona » argued for his part the national secretary of the Communist Party, Fabien Roussel, on September 14 on Franceinfo. “Because Qatar is a country where homosexuality is still a crime,” “Because Qatar, for this World Cup, has organized construction sites where thousands will die”, he argued. The deputy from the North, however, pleaded for France to find ways to create “forwarding messages” environmental and human rights during the competition, because it happens regardless.
It is too late to boycott it according to RN
On the subject, the National Rally (RN) stands on a ridge line. In contesting the holding of the competition in Qatar, he confirmed at the same time that it was too late to boycott it. “ There are some countries where we are very observant [sur la question de droits humains] and then there are others who are not so profitable”thus beating Marine Le Pen of France Intertuesday “Now this decision has been made and I think sport should be separated from politics (…)it cannot, in my opinion, be positive to refuse to go there”, he added.
A position supported by the acting president of the RN, Jordan Bardella, Friday morning on BFM TV : “Now here it is. (…) The truth is that this World Cup should not have happened in Qatar; (…) it’s clear that we shouldn’t have gone but, again, that’s what we call facing the fait accompli. »
In Les Républicains, the answer to the boycott question begins with a “No”said the President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, on September 7 of France Inter. ” No [au boycott], but I think we should also think about having a World Cup that can meet the challenges. that appeared “all over the world” on the climate issue, he argued.
For the government, the boycott is not on the agenda
To answer the criticism, the government prefers to highlight the fact that the organization of the World Cup in this country in the Arabian Peninsula. “It was decided ten years ago”meaning during the five-year term of Nicolas Sarkozy. “It’s complicated, a few weeks from the start [de la compétition], suddenly saying: “Actually, you don’t have to””argued the spokesman of the executive, Olivier Véran, on Friday on RTL.
The Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, deployed a similar argument in the “Grand Jury-RTL-Le Figaro-LCI”, September 11: “You have teams that have been preparing for many years. This decision was taken in a different climate context. It was not a decision that fell to the French State (…) and I do not believe that the truth of [la] The boycott changes, unfortunately, the greenhouse gas emissions of this event. »
” If I were the head of state, I would not go,” confirmed for his part the former President of the Republic François Hollande, on the occasion of the Demain le sport festival, Thursday. but “I can’t ask football players (…) not going to a competition that they have been preparing for years”, nor for viewers who don’t watch it, he said. A position that sums up the problem of French politics on the issue.