Rugby. Burns, resignations … France 2023 and Atcher in the spotlight of the Labor Inspectorate

Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte and the head of the 2023 World Cup Claude Atcher before the chicken draw on December 14, 2020 in Paris. (© AFP / Archives / FRANCK FIFE)

The organizing committee of the Rugby World Cup 2023including the CEO, Claude Atcherit is suspected to be the cause of a “deep social unrest” experienced by the body’s employees, launching just over a year before the start of the World Cup in France.

In a lengthy article published last Wednesday, The teamin great detail, he had recounted the “terror management” put in place by Atcher and his chief of staff within the France-2023 Public Interest Group (GIP), where exhaustion, resignations and anxiety crises.

The Ministries of Labor and Sports are taking part

The spokesman for the Minister of Labor, Olivier Dussopt, confirmed to theAFP that the Labor Inspectorate’s investigation at France’s 2023 headquarters had “started” but that there was no “return at this stage”. Contacted by AFPFrance-2023 was not in a position in the early afternoon to comment on this information.

Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, who was behind the referral to the Labor Inspectorate as soon as the sports newspaper’s investigation came out, reiterated on Sunday her concern at the RTL microphone, stating that she had “asked that the conclusions (to him) are communicated promptly. ”The minister also described as a“ rumor ”the possible replacement of Atcher by former Prime Minister Jean Castex.

“Paternalistic management”

It is in this context that the French Rugby Federation (FFR), a 62% shareholder in the GIP along with the state (37%) and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF, 1%), will meet over the weekend in Marseille for its annual congress.

The XV of France, on tour in Japan, will continue to dismantle with the Brave Blossoms in Aichi when on Saturday at 19.00 an extraordinary general assembly opens, with the agenda, a “modification of the statutes and internal regulations of the FFR “. 9.30 am at Chanot Park, in the presence of President Bernard Laporte.

An ordinary AG will follow at 10 am, during which the moral report of the FFR, the provisional budget for the period 2022-2023 and, above all, a “France-2023 progress report” will be presented.

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Claude Atcher, the head of the 2023 World Cup, during a press conference on the sidelines of the draw in Paris on December 14, 2020.
Claude Atcher, the head of the 2023 World Cup, during a press conference on the sidelines of the draw in Paris on December 14, 2020. (© AFP / Archives / FRANCK FIFE)

Claude Atcher absent from the Top 14 final

Will Atcher be there? Since the publication of the survey The teamthe general manager of France 2023 was discreet: he was remarkably absent from the stands of the Stade de France on Friday evening, for the Top 14 final between Castres and Montpellier.

On Monday, June 27, he told the Echoes to be “satisfied that the labor inspectorate is coming to investigate” and that “its comments on the aforementioned cases will be reserved”, acknowledging a “paternalistic managerial management”.

Following the referral to the Labor Inspectorate, the FFR convened last Thursday the Economic and Social Committee (CSE) of France-2023, at the end of which it was decided to establish a toll-free number “in order to ensure the reporting of reports anonymously ”, as well as a“ social audit ”.

Florian Grill, the president of the Ligue d'Ile-de-France, reacts to his defeat in the elections for the presidency of the FFR, on October 3, 2020 in Marcoussis.
Florian Grill, the president of the Ligue d’Ile-de-France, reacts to his defeat in the elections for the presidency of the FFR, on October 3, 2020 in Marcoussis. (© AFP / Archives / FRANCK FIFE)

“Sordid”

A member of the FFR’s steering committee and president of the Ile-de-France League, Florian Grill described Atcher’s management of his employees as “sordid”.

“What surprises and worries me most is that all the witnesses do so with their faces hidden: we are no longer in the anecdote, it is a system,” said the elected opponent, questioned by theAFP. “Not to mention that it is not without consequences for the image of rugby in France and internationally.”

World Rugby, the governing body of world rugby, thus officially expressed its “concerns” last Thursday at the France-2023 board and the FFR. In Les Echos, Atcher considered that a “cabal” was aimed at “putting him out of the game.”

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