“There will be no OJ tax” linked to the Paris 2024 Games, assured Emmanuel Macron, explaining that the “Games must finance the Games”in an interview granted to the newspaper “l’Equipe” published on Tuesday 26 July.
The President of the Republic also indicated that the State “Go buy 400,000 tickets” on the occasion of the 2024 Olympics (July 26-August 11) “which he will distribute to young people and schoolchildren, especially those under 16”but also – among others – to “volunteers who contribute to the Games and sport in France”.
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In all, 10 million tickets will be on sale for the Olympic Games and nearly 3.4 million for the Paralympic Games in Paris, according to the organizers’ website.
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The “popular ticket office” mentioned by the President will also be intended “to people with disabilities, their caregivers and state and community officials who help with these Games, particularly categories B and C”said the head of state who convened an Olympic Council on Monday.
Nearly a dozen ministers took part in this Olympic oral for more than two hours at the Elysée. From Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, to the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, to that of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, of National Education Pap Ndiaye or even of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, all presented their Olympic agenda.
The goal of this ” site meeting “ was both to review all the files relating to the Olympic Games, but also to sign the mobilization at all levels of the State.
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A budget almost entirely financed by private revenue
On the subject of the budget for the Olympic Games – which has crystallized a number of concerns in recent months, in particular due to the inflation resulting mainly from the conflict in Ukraine – Emmanuel Macron underlined in the interview with “L’Equipe”. “that there are solutions to meet them and that there are no drifts in our costs”.
“In this context, I reaffirmed a simple principle: there will be no Olympic Games tax. The Games must fund the Games”he insisted.
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Discussions between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Organizing Committee for the Olympics (Cojo), whose budget of 4 billion is almost entirely financed by private revenue, to try to identify ways to save money had already been started. a few weeks ago.
The organizers, whose budget is guaranteed by the State, must withstand the inflationary shock, and are carrying out a budget review this year.
About the “popular ticket office”Emmanuel Macron explained that this “will aim to facilitate access to sport and allow those who have contributed to the influence of the Games to access competitions, where they might not have been able to afford them”.