World Cup: the Blues in fanfare, no boycott in front of the TV, public holiday in Saudi Arabia

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Every day, “l’Obs” tells you about the daily life and the strangeness of the World Cup in Qatar, which began on November 20. This World Cup of all the controversies – environmental cost, flouted human rights, bereaved construction sites, suspicions of corruption – takes place in an unprecedented atmosphere. Hour by hour, follow behind the scenes of the competition of all excesses and find our reports and decryptions in our special file.

11 a.m. – The Chinese furious in front of their TV

While more than a quarter of the population is currently living in a form of confinement, the Chinese are following the World Cup in Qatar in amazement, where tens of thousands of spectators gather without masks in the stadiums. The matches are broadcast in China on the state network CCTV, which at the same time multiplies the negative information on the chaos and the numerous deaths caused by the Covid in the United States.

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“Some attend World Cup matches in person and without a mask, others have been confined to their homes for a month, on site for two months, without being able to set foot outside”writes a resident of Guangdong on the social network Weibo, the Chinese Twitter. “Who stole my life? I won’t say. » “The World Cup allows most Chinese people to see the reality abroad, to be worried about the motherland’s economy and their own youth”writes another, resident of Shaanxi province.

An open letter asking if China is “on the same planet” that Qatar was broadcast on the WeChat messaging app on Tuesday, before being censored and removed from the platform. This Wednesday, violent demonstrations took place around the largest iPhone factory in the world, owned by the Taiwanese subcontractor Foxconn, paralyzed by the Covid.

10:30 a.m. – Today’s program

Four matches are expected today, with the entry into the running of four favorites including the Croats, finalists of the last edition, but also Mannschaft, Roja and the Red Devils. In order: Morocco – Croatia at 11 a.m., Germany – Japan at 2 p.m., Spain – Costa Rica at 5 p.m. and Belgium – Canada at 8 p.m.

10 a.m. – Large audience for the Blues

The verdict of Médiamétrie has fallen: more than 12.5 million viewers followed the big victory of the Blues on Tuesday evening against Australia (4-1), which notably saw Olivier Giroud equal the record for goals in the France team. by Thierry Henry (51).

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While the World Cup in Qatar had been the subject of calls for a boycott before its start, this number of viewers is comparable to that of the first match of the Blues at the World Cup-2018, again against Australia (12.6 million), which took place on a Saturday at 12 p.m. At the time, however, viewers of the entry into the running of the Blues represented a larger share of all those watching TV at that time (69% audience share, against 48.1% for Tuesday’s game).

After a delicate start, the French team launched its competition perfectly by taking advantage of the spaces left by the Australian defense to score four goals (Rabiot, Mbappé and doubled from Giroud). Only black point of the evening for the Blues, the injury of the left side Lucas Hernandez, package for the rest of the competition and who was replaced at short notice by his brother Theo.

9am – Germans ‘shocked’ at not being able to wear ‘One Love’ armband

The German team is “very upset and shocked” not being able to wear the “One Love” armband as a sign of inclusion and diversity at the 2022 World Cup, assured coach Hansi Flick on Tuesday, on the eve of his entry into the running against Japan. “The team wanted, together with the federation and other nations, to send a sign. Fifa pulled a lock and threatened sanctions”he lamented.

“The team is very unhappy and shocked that it’s not feasible, just sending a sign for human rights and diversity, values ​​that are close to our hearts. »

8 a.m. – Public holiday in Saudi Arabia

King Salman of Saudi Arabia proclaimed a public holiday on Wednesday, the day after the historic victory of the Saudi selection on Tuesday against Argentina (2-1) during their entry into the running in the World Cup, report media. State. The monarch “Orders that tomorrow, Wednesday, be a public holiday for all employees in the public and private sectors, as well as for all students at all levels of education”relayed the Al-Ekhbariya television channel on Twitter.

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This public holiday comes in the midst of exams in education. Events will therefore have to be rescheduled. The channel broadcast photos of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, celebrating the victory of the “Green Falcons” in the company of several personalities, including the Minister of Energy, Prince Abdelaziz bin Salman.

At the final whistle, scenes of jubilation erupted in the streets of the capital, Riyadh, where Saudis danced for joy while motorists waved the national flag through the lowered windows of their vehicles.

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