The city of Paris will not install fan zones or giant screens in public space to broadcast the matches of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18), announced this Monday, October 3 at the AFP the deputy in charge of Sport, Pierre Rabadan.
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“For us, there was no question of setting up match broadcast areas for several reasons: the first is the conditions for organizing this World Cup, both in terms of the environment and social aspects, the second is the temporality, the fact that it takes place in December”he explained after similar announcements made by several major French cities.
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A “human and environmental disaster”
Marseille, Bordeaux, Nancy and Reims joined the list of French cities on Monday refusing for humanitarian and environmental reasons to promote World Cup matches in Qatar, after Strasbourg, Lille or Rodez.
A plane will transport supporters every 10 minutes between Qatar and its neighboring countries during the World Cup
The socialist mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan described the competition as “human and environmental disaster” while the mayor of Lille Martine Aubry (PS) had denounced on Saturday a “Nonsense with regard to human rights, the environment and sport”.
Many deaths on stadium construction sites
Among the reasons for this boycott include the treatment of immigrant workers and the number of deaths in the construction of the eight stadiums of the World Cup.
While the official toll is only three dead, the International Labor Organization (ILO) reported in a report that 50 workers died in workplace accidents in Qatar in 2020, and 500 were seriously injured, a figure that could be higher according to her due to shortcomings in the accident recording system. The British daily “The Guardian” speaks of more than 6,500 dead.
“All these reasons make us say that it is a model of major events that we do not want to see continue and which goes against what we want to organize in Paris”added Pierre Rabadan.