The social unrest within the organizing committee of the 2023 Rugby World Cup was not mentioned during this Saturday’s FFR General Assembly in Marseille.
The degraded social climate within the organizing committee of the 2023 World Cup in France, and the interrogation of its leader Claude Atcher in an investigation by L’Equipe, were not addressed during the General Assembly of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) on Saturday . in Marseilles. However, a “France-2023 progress report” was on the agenda of this AG. But it was never mentioned during the more than three hours of debate. Asked by AFP, the FFR responded that the issue had been addressed “in the Club Agora” on Friday, without giving further details than had been said. Claude Atcher did not appear in the AG.
Confiscated by the Minister of Sports, the Labor Inspectorate began an investigation at the headquarters of France-2023 after an article published on June 22 by the sports newspaper in which he described “management by terror” involving in particular the director General of the Groupement of Public Interest (GIP) France-2023, against a backdrop of exhaustion, resignations and anxiety attacks.
A shareholder of 62% of the GIP together with the State (37%) and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF, 1%), the FFR immediately convened the Economic and Social Committee (CSE) of France-2023, at the end of which it had been decided to establish a toll-free telephone “in order to ensure the reporting of complaints anonymously”, as well as a “social audit”. Asked by AFP on the eve of the publication of the investigation, Claude Atcher had refused to react, stating only “to let those responsible for seeking the truth do their job”.
Laporte: “In our sport, we don’t complain about the media”
In his speech on Saturday, FFR President Bernard Laporte only alluded to “more systematic, sometimes infamous and accusatory, more destructive” criticism against him. But, he added, “it doesn’t matter”: “in our sport, we face each other, we don’t get over the difficulty, we don’t complain about the media.” The AG was an opportunity for the FFR and the National Rugby League (LNR) to present their new agreement, which will run for the period 2022-2027, and which was approved by 85.99% of the vote.
“This ambitious agreement reflects a shared desire to place the players and teams of France in the best conditions as two major sporting events approach: the 2023 World Cup and Paris-2024,” he welcomed the FFR in a communiqué.
This agreement allows, in particular, as happened this year, the coach of the blues Fabien Galthié to benefit from a group of 42 players made available by their clubs during the international windows (summer and autumn tours, Six Nations tournament and World Cup).
Asked by a manager about a recent decision by the Versailles administrative court, which ordered the FFR to disclose various accounting documents, Bernard Laporte replied, “You teach me that.” In this June 23 ruling, revealed by L’Equipe and of which AFP obtained a copy, the court ordered the FFR to communicate these documents “within three months.” In a separate case, Claude Atcher will appear in court in September, as will Bernard Laporte, as part of suspicions of favoritism surrounding France’s 15th-century sponsorship. He will be tried for “concealment of abuse of trust”, “abuse of social patrimony” and “undercover work for concealment of activity”.